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The global biogas market size was valued at nearly US$ 21 Bn in 2018 and is projected to reach approximately US$ 30 Bn by the end of 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.65% in the forecast period.
Biogas is a category of biofuel that is produced when organic matter breaks down primarily in an anaerobic environment. Lack of oxygen decomposes animal manure, sewage wastes, food scraps, and other materials to release a mixture of gases, primarily methane along with carbon dioxide.
The process is also called anaerobic digestion due to no oxygen exposure of feedstocks. Biogas is considered a green fuel because it contains the treatment of ever-increasing waste production and diminishes the dependency on fossil fuels to suffice the rising energy demand. The production captures methane which is more potent to devastate climate because of its high heat capturing properties and is about 28 times more harmful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
Biogas can be formed mainly through two sources energy crops and organic residue & wastes. Organic and renewable materials are environmentally beneficial and cost-effective source to generate electricity, heat, and biogas efficiently. Digestion of various crops including grass, leaves, maize, wheat, barley, and other crop residues are being used as feedstocks for biogas production.
The paradigm shifts towards cleaner fuel to generate heat and electricity led different countries to adopt biofuels and therefore utilizing biogas for mass production. Stringent government norms to curb GHG emissions coupled with high subsidies to promote green energy usage have acted as primary drivers, which will contribute to the global biogas market revenue.
In North America, the USA tends to hold the lion’s share owing to favorable policies and advance application sectors. Europe and Asia Pacific have dominated the market share over time. The prominent countries in the market are Germany, UK, Italy, China, and India. In recent years, different countries have set ample targets to provide monetary benefits for biogas production by various feedstock. Latin American countries like Mexico and Chile are anticipated to witness substantial opportunities to boost biogas market growth.
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"Vast Availability of Organic Residues & Wastes to Boost Growth of the Segment"
Biogas can be produced by both biological waste and crop waste. The conversion of biodegradable waste to useful power is readily harnessed to create biogas. Manure of animals like cows, pigs, poultry, sheep, along with different agri-food waste, are treated in various capacity. Agricultural waste is subjected to hold a dominating share across the organic residues & wastes segment. High prices and limited land availability of energy crops will positively affect the industry outlook. Growing animal density, along with decreasing bio-waste cost, will fuel the biogas production from organic wastes. A wide range of digestible crops residue and yielding of high-efficiency fertilizers as a byproduct is anticipated to drive energy crops.
"Electricity to hold a Greater Market Share"
Electricity generation will dominate the global biogas market size throughout the forecast timeframe. Rising energy demand across developing regions, coupled with growing concerns towards cleaner fuel, will increase biogas usage for electricity generation. Variable-capacity plants with appropriate feedstock are readily used to convert biogas to electricity for complementing the required size. Utilization of biogas as a fuel for electricity generating units or directly for heating purposes can significantly reduce fossil fuel dependency.
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"Asia Pacific Is Likely to Dominate the Biogas Production During the Forecast Period"
Currently, Asia Pacific accounts for a major market share of the global biogas market, followed by Europe. Latin America is anticipated to witness substantial growth owing to rising demand for electricity and CHP generation across Mexico and Chile. Growing industrial infrastructure and expanding need for household heating fuel emerging economies like China and India will positively influence the Asia Pacific market.
Global Biogas Market Share (US$ Mn), By Region, 2018
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The global biogas market has various participants globally. ENGIE operates as a major player across the biogas industry and has a substantial presence around the world. Other leading participants in the biogas industry are BEKON GmbH, Conveco S.r.l., DMT Environmental Technology, WELTEC BIOPOWER, EnviTec Biogas AG, Wärtsilä, WAMGROUP S.p.A., PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH, Air Liquide, Viessmann, Börger GmbH and BioConversion Solutions.
Biogas is produced using different wastes, including food, sewage slurry, animal manure, crops, and other agricultural wastes by various methods such as gasification or decomposition. It is a renewable energy gas which primarily uses high GHG pollutant methane to convert it to climate-friendly fuel for numerous purposes. Biogas is also readily utilized as a fuel and raw material for industrial processes, electricity generation, CHP plants, and direct household heating. Using biogas for residential and industrial purposes can cut fossil fuels dependency by thousands of liters per day.
The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the biogas industry and detailed analysis of market size & growth rate for all possible segments in the market. The market is segmented by feedstock, application, and geography. On the basis of feedstock, the market is segmented into Organic Waste & Residue and Energy Crops. Organic Waste & Residue section is further bifurcated into Biowaste & Municipal & Sewage Waste, Agricultural Waste, and Others.
Based on application, the global biogas market has been segmented into Heating, Electricity, CHP, and Others. Geographically, the market is segmented into five major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. The regions are further categorized into countries.
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Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market trends, dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights presented in the report are the recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in key countries, investment scenario, technological advancement, and key industry trends.
Fortune Business Insights says that the biogas market was valued at USD 21 billion in 2018.
The biogas market is projected to reach USD 30 billion by 2026.
Growing at a CAGR of 4.65%, the biogas market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period.
Asia Pacific biogas market was valued over USD 8.3 billion in 2018.
Electricity application segment is anticipated to be the leading segment in the biogas market during the forecast timeframe.
Rising energy demand across the globe, along with strict government policies to keep a check on carbon footprint will be the key market drivers. However, the operating efficiency of biogas systems may obstruct the industry growth.
Engie, WELTEC BIOPOWER, EnviTec Biogas AG, Wärtsilä are among the top players in the biogas market.
Formation of biogas handles various organic wastes, and thereby comply with waste management directives by various governments. Therefore, rising need for waste treatment plans will boost the deployment of biogas systems.