RP1.2-04 Integrated model for bio-methane injection in gas networks

Executive Summary

This project builds on the framework developed in RP1.2-03 and aims to develop and apply an integrated model for the techno-economic viability assessment of bio-methane projects in Australia.

The model would be robust and easy-to-use; and would benefit both industry end-users examining the viability of a potential site and policy makers exploring the effect of different incentives on the development of the bio-gas industry in Australia.

Update: 24 May 2024

Future Fuels CRC has made Report 3 – Factors affecting the viability of biomethane projects available publicly to all parties outside the CRC (i.e. open access). Click on the green text to access this report.

Update: 2 July 2022

Future Fuels CRC researcher Sam Culley from the University of Adelaide shared the latest insights from their techno-economic assessment of the viability of biomethane production for bioenergy hub locations across Australia at a Future Fuels CRC webinar:

The research report is available for download and sharing here:

Download Report: Where are the most viable locations for bioenergy hubs across Australia

Many thanks also to our expert industry panel:

  • David Norman, CEO, Future Fuels CRC
  • Shahana McKenzie, CEO, Bioenergy Australia
  • Ash Salardini, Chief Economist and General Manager Trade, National Farmers Federation
  • Gabrielle Sycamore, General Manager Renewable Gas, Jemena
  • James Khedari, Portfolio Director, Low Carbon Fuels and Services, Viva Energy
  • Panel Host: Benjy Lee, Strategic Advisor, Future Fuels CRC, owner Benjy Lee Consulting
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Commencement / End Date March 2021 to October 2024
Outcomes / Impact

The outcomes of the project will be:

  1. A user-friendly integrated viability assessment model for bio-methane projects.
  2. A database of expected yields and costs of different combinations of feedstocks at different scales.
  3. A report detailing the sites in Australia where bio-methane injection is most viable, detailing the use of the model and its application to Australian case studies, and two journal papers presenting the model and some key insights obtained for bio-methane viability in Australia.
  4. A PhD thesis and accompanying publications that provide support for assessing the viability of bio-methane projects
Partners University of Adelaide, Jemena, Energy Networks Australia, AGIG, Worley, APA Group, GHD, University of Melbourne
Research Contact

Dr Stephen McGrail