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 ‘Optimization 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 HOBU-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 organization which aimed at continuing and expanding the activities of the former platform. Biogas-E strives to maximize 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.
Knowledge center: Biogas-E aims at being an independent center of knowledge on all aspects (technological, economical, legislative, social and ecological) of anaerobic digestion. Through close cooperation with various other organizations, Biogas-E keeps a practical focus and continuously detects bottlenecks hindering the implementation of anaerobic digestion, while at the same time following the technological innovation in this sector by participating in various research projects.
Biogas-E also serves as a reference center where all stakeholders can get first line advice and independent information free of charge. Knowledge is also disseminated through various publications, such as our well-cited yearly progress report which summarizes the current status and trends of anaerobic digestion in Flanders. In addition, various flyers and brochures have been 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 organized by Biogas-E in order to properly inform operators, manufacturers, students and other interested stakeholders, and to stimulate exchange of ideas and knowledge. Knowledge and know-how are also shared in the context of various projects.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE SUPPORT SCHEMES FOR BIOGAS IN FLANDERS CAN BE FOUND HERE.