Biogas Annual Conference-2008

The biogas industry's central conference with accompanying exhibition takes place in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 15-17 January 2008. The German Biogas Association expects some 3,000 visitors on the three days of the event.

The most important key points for the biogas industry are the planned increase of the renewable raw materials bonus by two cents to eight cents per kilowatt-hour, the rise in the basic payments for biogas plants up to 150 kW, a liquid manure bonus of two cents and the increase of the cogeneration bonus from two to three cents.

The association is currently urgently preparing a detailed statement. The situation will surely be clearer by the annual conference – which will certainly not significantly reduce the need for discussion during the event. The issues to be dealt with in the plenary session and workshops are certainly relevant.

The 22 presentations deal with topics such as the prospects for the biogas industry, biomass cultivation and efficient use of the biogas produced. All presentations will be simultaneously translated into English for the international audience. Due to the overwhelming response at the last conference, workshops will be offered for association members again in 2008 and these will tackle the individual issues in depth. The focuses include "Strategies for restoring a biogas plant to profitability" or tips on "Contractual arrangements for the supply of heat, gas and electricity".

A new feature is the evening discussion on 15 January. Experts discuss the question of "Biogas use – what is the optimum path?" at a two-hour event at the end of the first day. The second day ends very traditionally in contrast. As at many previous annual conferences, deserving figures will be honoured with the Dr. Heinz Schulz Medal of Honour, before the social part of the conference begins with the evening event.

The association invites its members to the Annual General Meeting on the afternoon of Thursday, 17 January. The day after the 17th Annual Conference is available as usual for the study tour of biogas plants in the vicinity of Nürnberg. It is planned to visit two renewable raw material plants and a waste plant.

ECN Waste Fermentation Conference. The conference takes place for the first time in cooperation with the European Compost Network (ECN). The two-day English-language conference organized by ECN raises the importance attached to waste fermentation. Fermentation concepts are also becoming increasingly important for waste in terms of energy/fuel from waste, climate protection and eco audits. European experts discuss the future of this waste treatment option in Europe.

The Internet presence of the Annual Conference has a new look. The event is now presented on a modern website in a clearer, user-friendlier and more informative way. The information available has also been optimized. Biogas surfers now find the news in a prominent position, which centrally highlights the especially attractive contents like the conference programme or the current floor plan.

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