Biogas Annual Conference 2009

For three days everything is geared to biogas at the Hanover exhibition grounds, when the key conference of the biogas industry with accompanying exhibition takes place from 3-5 February 2009. The exhibitors have been securing their stand positions for weeks now and over 180 companies are already registered. The German Biogas Association also completed the conference programme a few days ago, which is under the motto "Biogas – decentralized production, regional benefit, international gain".
"The trough is behind us and we are now getting started again with new impetus, " says Dr. Claudius da Costa Gomez, General Manager of the German Biogas Association, describing the developments of the past months.

The biogas industry has been very concerned for many months. High energy crop prices and an uncertain political situation almost brought the demand for biogas plants to a standstill at the beginning of this year. But the passing of the revised Renewable Energy Act in July set the new course for the future: The liquid manure bonus makes the construction of a biogas plant interesting, particularly for smaller livestock farms. The increased basic payment and the renewable raw materials bonus can largely absorb the resulting additional costs and offers the industry prospects again.

Conference programme offers extensive information
The Renewable Energy Act is and remains the driving force behind renewable energy in Germany – and is appropriately covered at the 18th Annual Conference of the German Biogas Association. The new legislation will be comprehensively explained at both the plenary sessions and in the workshops.

The 24 plenary sessions and nine workshops also deal with issues such as efficient use of heat, feeding biogas into the natural gas grid and sustainable cultivation of energy crops. At the panel discussion on the second day of the event, various association representatives, the Lower Saxony Minister of Agriculture Hans-Heinrich Ehlen and the former EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler will be among those discussing the question of "How much bioenergy can Germany take?"

All presentations will be translated simultaneously into English due to the great international interest in the German use of biogas.

New parallel event focuses on local authorities
The 18th Annual Conference takes into account the increased demand for biogas technology from city and local authorities and from abroad, and offers the "Biogas for local authorities" block as a parallel event tailored specifically to this interest group. The event on 3-4 February will deal with important points in the implementation of a waste fermentation plant and feeding (bio) gas into the grid, and present international projects and the principles of approval in selected countries.

Supporting programme includes study tour of the surrounding area
The second day of the Biogas Annual Conference will end on a note of celebration. First deserving figures in the biogas industry will be honoured with the Dr. Heinz Schulz Medal of Honour, after which the evening event offers the opportunity to cultivate existing contacts or make new ones in a relaxed atmosphere. On the afternoon of 5 February, the association invites its members to the Annual General Meeting. The 18th Annual Conference ends as usual with a study tour of typical renewable raw material and/or gas feeding plants, this time in the Hanover region on 6 February.

Biogas Trade Fair 2009 – More than 200 exhibitors expected
Operators, manufacturers and planners of biogas plants and representatives from science and research meet every year at the Biogas Trade Fair, which takes place as part of the Annual Conference of the German Biogas Association. At the 17th Annual Conference in Nürnberg at the beginning of this year, 204 exhibitors presented their latest products, developments and trends from stirrers to complete biogas plants on a display area of almost 3,000 m2. The organizer NürnbergMesse again expects more than 200 exhibitors in Hanover.

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