Under the leadership of Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen and the business community, research has been conducted into how biological methane can be integrated into the total energy picture. The project looked at the precise operation, achievable volumes, the business case and whether the application meets with social objections. During this Energy Lecture you will gain insight into this groundbreaking research and the results. You will also get an idea of the role that biological methanisation can play in our future energy system.
Storage of energy and reuse of CO2 possible through biological methanisation
In order to achieve the objectives of the climate agreement, large-scale generation of sustainable electricity and reuse of CO2 are required. The storage of surplus solar and wind energy is a necessary condition for this. Electricity can be stored via hydrogen. Hydrogen can then be converted into biological methane, the most important component of natural gas, using captured CO2 and primordial bacteria.
Jan Bekkering holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering. After a business career for several years as an engineer, he is now senior lecturer/researcher at Hanze University of Applied sciences. His research is in the field of sustainable energy, and more specifically on the integration of sustainable gases in our energy system. He obtained his PhD degree on the basis of his thesis entitled “The challenge of implementing green gas into the gas supply”. He has several publications on this topic. He is responsible for courses in the master study programmes European Master in Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy System Management and Energy for Society.
Dr. ir. Jan-Peter H. Nap
Jan-Peter H. Nap (1958) is professor of Life Sciences & Renewable Energy at EnTranCe, Centre of Expertise Energy and professor of Biobased bulk valorisation at the Research Centre Biobased Economy, both at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen. His research interests and activities focus on the identification and implementation of novel biological/biotechnological alternatives for energy and chemical feedstock production. Improved biomass to biogas conversion, as well as valorization of carbon dioxide will contribute to energy transition and circular economy. Biological routes may be less dependent on an economy of scale and therefore fit in the motto of ‘People in Power’.
It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.