CNG Services, a leader in the creation of the biomethane-to-grid (BtG) market, has announced today (21 April) its selection as one of the businesses to receive the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

BtG is the process where biomethane, a renewable ‘green gas’ is injected into the UK’s gas grid, giving the UK a highly flexible and efficient source of sustainable energy made from organic material. Biomethane is tracked through the gas grid using the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS).

“By mid-2017, when all the completed projects are at full capacity, there will be around 120 million terms/annum going into to grid, equal to the gas consumption of around 240,000 homes,” said John Baldwin, founder and managing director of CNG Services.

“For large trucks that want to move away from diesel there are very limited alternatives, you can’t use H2 or batteries as they are not practical (weight), so biomethane into the grid and the CNG out of the grid is a great option,” said Baldwin.

“I think we saw the potential for biomethane injected into the gas grid before others and we then worked for 5 years from 2008 to put this in place. The first change was the ion legislation to achieve RHI payment worth Renewable Energy Association (REA), then the Didcot pilot project to change the limit for Oxygen into gas grid, then the first project in 2012.”

“DECC have indicated more funding is available to have around 20 projects per year, this would provide around 1,000 million kWh/annum of new biomethane.” The National Grid is now working on Bio-SNG, which makes renewable methane from wastes that are not suitable for going into anaerobic digestion, which has huge potential by 2050.