Hackathon: Greenhouse gas emissions from biogas production

2. marts 2022 – 10:00 – 14:00 Arni Magnussons Gade 2, 1577 København, Danmark

The issue at stake

The shipping industry consumes more than 330 Mtoe a year and is responsible for ~2-3% of the global CO2, 4-9% of SOx and 10-15% of NOx emissions. These emissions must be reduced through improvement of efficiency and replacement of traditional marine fuels with new green fuels as part of the on-going green transition. To ensure the shipping industry already by 2050 can reach the goal of zero carbon emission, it will be necessary to utilise already known technologies to manufacture biofuels, and to identify the key barriers for scaling the production.

Biomethane is a straightforward candidate as a replacement fuel for the shipping industry.

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is rapidly becoming a strong alternative to traditional marine fuels. Bunkering opportunities are rapidly developing worldwide and orders for LNG-powered ships are increasing. Liquid biomethane is already accepted by ISO 23306 as a like-for-like for LNG.

Biogas production is already well established here in Denmark. Today it accounts for roughly 20% of the national gas consumption and it is set to cover 100% of the national need in 2040. However, recent reports of uncontrolled emissions of methane happening through venting or fugitive leaks cause biogas to lose ranking and commercial interest from the shipping industry as an entirely green energy source. In order to produce 100% green biofuels based on biogas, there is a need for handling the emissions.

Uncontrolled methane emissions are now recognised by the IPCC as the second most significant cause of global warming and Denmark has committed at COP26 to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030. Therefore, while today regulation and control of methane emissions from biogas plants is limited, it may ramp up in the future. A first key step in the direction of securing 100% green biogas production, is to identify innovative methods for identifying, detecting, measuring, and quantifying emissions of methane from biogas plants.

Challenge owner:

Mærsk Mc-Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.


10:00 — 10:10 Welcome
Helene Urth, Energy Cluster Denmark & Niels Ussing Roest, Copenhagen Capacity

10:10 — 11:45 Key challenges for zero carbon shipping and green fuels, incl. Q&A
Torben Nørgaard & Roberta Cenni, Mærsk McKinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

11:45 — 11:15 2 min. presentation from participants (our focus area)

11:15 — 11:30 Perspectives on fugitive emissions from Danish biogas plants and measurements methods
Professor Charlotte Scheutz, Head of Section Climate and Monitoring, DTU Environment.

11:30 — 11:40 Perspective from the solution side
Einer Gudmundson, Ramboll

11:40 — 11:50 Perspective from the solution side
Mads Jørgensen, Upteko

11:50 — 12:00 Introduction to Hackathon Canvas and working methods
intro by Helene Urth, Energy Cluster Denmark

12:00 — 12:30 Lunch

12:30 — 13:30 60 min. hackathon — group discussion

13:30 — 13:50 Presentation in plenum and comments
Torben Nørgaard, Mærsk McKinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

13:50 — 13:55 Short intro to possible EU Funding
Casper Andersen, Greater Copenhagen EU Office

13:55 — 14:00 Rounding up and Next Steps
Helene Urth, Energy Cluster Denmark

(Registration closed february 25th)