Getting ‘green gas’ into homes

CNG Services receives Queen's Award for helping to get biomethane to the grid

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 23 April 2016

This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod

  

CNG Services has been selected as one of the businesses to receive the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Gas to grid

The award was received for Innovation, in recognition of the company’s leadership role in the creation of the biomethane-to-grid (BtG) market.

BtG is the process whereby biomethane, a renewable ‘green gas’, is injected into the UK’s gas grid, giving the UK a source of sustainable energy made from organic material including food waste.

CNG Services has been involved in around 90% of the BtG projects completed to date. The award recognises CNG Services’ role in helping to create the right economic, legislative and technical environment to foster this new renewable energy sector.

A growing market

We’ve got the fastest-growing biomethane market in the world with a total of 65 biomethane producers now connected to the gas grid.

By mid-2017, when all the completed projects are at full capacity, there will be around 120 million therms/annum going into to grid, equal to the gas consumption of around 240,000 homes. Put another way, that’s around 240,000 tonnes of LNG that the UK won’t have to import from the Middle East.

Biomethane is ‘tracked’ through the gas grid using the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), which tracks every unit of green gas from injection into the grid to consumption by a gas customer.

Green gas is now being used by Waitrose to fuel its supermarket distribution trucks and by food manufacturers such as cheese producer Wyke Dairies.

‘I’m delighted we’ve won this award and I hope that it will make more people aware they can now get green gas for their central heating and cooking and companies can use it in manufacturing or to fuel trucks.’

JOHN BALDWIN
Founder and managing director of CNG Services

To win the award, CNG Services demonstrated how it pioneered BtG technology, from a pilot in Didcot in 2010 through to the first commercial connection at Poundbury in 2012 and onto a total of 65 projects by April 2016.

249 Queen’s Awards (QA) have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners of The Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace.

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