Danish consulting engineering company Niras is gaining a strong position on the Chinese biogas market, which could become as large as the wind turbine market in 10 to 15 years. Niras has been the consulting engineer on a DKK 30 m (USD 5.7 m) biogas plant for the Chinese company TEG in eastern China. The plant will produce biogas for cars and buses, and will make biogas corresponding to 9,000 litres of diesel on a daily basis.
Preben Røgild Knudsen, senior consultant at Niras says he reckons TEG will build around 100 plants over the next ten years, and that Niras will be the consulting engineer on the next three or four projects, and after that will be generating earnings from a royalty agreement with TEG.
The Chinese company has been making biogas plants for some years, but according to Preben Knudsen many of them did not function optimally. "With our technology we were able to get the TEG plants to function better, and that was why we could make an agreement on technology transfer," says Knudsen.
So far, biogas in China has mainly been used in the countryside, but with the improved technology, CO2 is removed from the biogas, so that it can be used as fuel in vehicles.
Niras is based in Alleroed north of Copenhagen and employs 1,000 people. It has helped plan, design and commission biogas plants around the world for 20 years. The company's biogas consultancy services covers specialist knowledge on the co-digestion of manure and organic waste, sewage sludge and landfill gas. Most of the projects involve a unique co-operation between agricultural, environmental and energy professionals.
The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.