On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, for the first time, the GAYA platform, which covers the whole green gas production chain starting with dry biomass, produced green gasa for several hours in CO2 methanation mode (catalyzed reaction of CO2 and hydrogen).
This trial at the GAYA platform in Saint-Fons, south of Lyon, France, has confirmed the functionality of the methanation reactor designed by ENGIE.
The GAYA platform, which is developed and operated by ENGIE and was inaugurated in 2017, aims to test and optimize the production of biomethane from dry biomass (forest products, wood chips, bark and agri-food waste) collected within a radius of 50 to 70 km. Its purpose is to develop a green gas production chain that respects 100% of the properties of natural gas: a biomethane produced from renewable resources that can be injected into existing transmission and distribution networks or used as biofuel. It is one of ENGIE's flagship projects paving the way for future solutions to create renewable, decentralized and decarbonized energies.
For Adeline Duterque, Director of ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, the ENGIE research center: “Green gas is the most effective ally of the energy transition. With GAYA, we will develop an innovative, sustainable, and flexible green gas production chain at local level from dry biomass residues and, in the future, from waste. In this way, GAYA will contribute to local and regional dynamism as part of a circular economy and zero-carbon approach.”