How a Kiwi project shows that renewable gas is viable for Australia’s gas networks
Firstgas & Ecogas – Converting Kerbside Waste into Renewable Gas
While I believe 100% hydrogen is the future of our gas networks, Canberra consumers, the ACT government and other environmentally focused governments and organisations should not discount Biogas as a viable alternative to electrification for reaching zero emissions. Electrification, and electric heat pumps, for hot water and heating are not always the panacea everybody expects them to be.
Turning organic waste from our homes and businesses into Biogas will be another tool to help transition gas networks to zero emissions. Other benefits of Biogas are reduced fugitive emissions from farming, forestry and rubbish tips. The by-products of Biogas production can also be used to fertilise crops. Thus, contributing again to the Biogas cycle.
Additionally, Canberra’s and Australia’s existing gas networks can already store many days of energy making them extremely large batteries. This comes with the added benefits of an almost indefinite life expectancy, not having to rely on sunshine or wind, no E-waste at the end of their life, and at no additional cost to Canberran or Australian residents.