Welcome to Biogas-E vzw
Biogas-E is the platform for anaerobic digestion in Flanders, the northern region of Belgium. It is a not-for-profit organization that was founded by the department of Environmental Sciences at HOWEST (University College West Flanders) in Kortrijk. Biogas-E emerged from the KIV-project ‘Optimisation of biogas production of anaerobic digesters for treating manure, industrial and domestic organic waste’.
At the project’s end in 2000, it was continued by another HUBO-project ‘Platform for the implementation of anaerobic digestion in Flanders’. The positive feedback on both projects proved the usefulness of a platform for anaerobic digestion. Late 2004 this platform was finally converted into a not-for-profit organisation which aimed at continuing and expanding the activities of the former platform. Biogas-E strives to maximise the biogas potential in Flanders and to this end will support as many initiatives on anaerobic digestion as possible by giving objective but accurate advice.
Biogas-E receives subsidies from the Fund of Renewable Energy Sources. This fund is financed by the penalties which are imposed on energy supply companies for not complying with the Renewable Energy Certificate regulation and the fund serves exclusively to financially support projects on renewable energy.
The activities of Biogas-E can be summarized as follows:
Knowledge centre: Biogas-E aims at being an independent centre of knowledge on all aspects (technological, economical, legislative, social and ecological) of anaerobic digestion. Through close cooperation with various other organisations, Biogas-E keeps a practical focus and continually detects and signals bottlenecks hindering the implementation of anaerobic digestion, while at the same time following up on technological innovation in this sector through participation in various research projects.
Biogas-E also serves as a reference centre where all concerned stakeholders can get first advice and independent information free of charge. Knowledge is also spread through various publications; a prime one is the well-cited yearly progress report which summarizes the current status and trends of anaerobic digestion in Flanders. In addition various flyers and brochures have published, dedicated to specific aspects such as safety, legislation, incorrect perceptions etc.
Policy support: using our knowledge and experience, we provide objective information to policy makers in order to stimulate the development of anaerobic digestion in Flanders. We also strive to support new applications such as green gas, green heat, etc.
Education: presentations, courses and excursions are organised by Biogas-E in order to properly inform operators, manufacturers, students and other interested stakeholders and to stimulate interchange of ideas and knowledge. Knowledge and know-how are also being shared within the framework of various projects (Grass Power, Bioenergy Villages, …).
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