China’s booming bioenergy market
Second Bio-Energy Expo in Qingdao a resounding success; over 300 attend conference on the industrial production of biogas
(DLG International). Marking its second edition, the 18-20 May Chinese trade exhibition for Biogas Technology and Management concluded its successful three-day run in Qingdao, China. Some 25 companies from China, Europe and America presented products and services related to the production and use of bioenergy. This was twice the number of exhibitors compared with the first event in 2010 in Beijing, a testament to the potential of the biogas market in China.
Bio-Energy Expo is an integrated event within the larger China Animal Husbandry Exhibition (CAHE) covering five halls or 70,000 sq-meters, which saw 1020 exhibitors and more than 60,000 attendees this year. Bio-Energy expo is jointly organised by the China Animal Agriculture Association (CAAA) and DLG International, a subsidiary of the German Agricultural Society (DLG).
Opening the exhibition was Prof. Prof. Zhang Bao Wen, president of the China Animal Agriculture Association (CAAA) and former Chinese vice-minister of Agriculture.
“Bio-energy technology is highly sought after by Chinese animal producers as it provides an excellent solution to waste and manure treatment by converting such waste into usable energy. This is especially useful for large-scale livestock farms in China. For this reason, the CAAA is pleased to partner with the DLG to advance the development and uptake of such technology in China.
"There is a growing need for modern technology in the field of bioenergy in China, with a focus on biogas," said Bernd Koch, managing director of DLG International. "Officially there are already more than 5,000 biogas plants in China, and some estimates suggest this figure may be much higher. These can be found mainly on smaller farms. The Chinese Government is now planning to provide financial support for larger biogas plants. We are definitely seeing a booming market for bioenergy in China."
This boom is also reflected in the number of exhibitors at the Bio-Energy Expo. A special pavillon dedicated to bioenergy attracted 25 companies, double that of last year. For a new event only in its second edition, this is a notable achievement, emphasised Koch. The strong exhibitor profile included several international players, with half the exhibitors coming from outside China. In addition to Germany, Canada and the USA were also represented among the companies.
Trends in biogas production and use in China
With a focus on large-scale systems for biogas production, the second International Bio-Energy Conference on Biogas Industrialization in China saw some 300 registrants from 11 countries. Feedback garnered on the conference has been greatly positive. "Our participants came with high expectations and we are pleased to say that the conference has fulfilled their aims," said Leely Zhang, managing director of DLG AgroTechService, a subsidiary of DLG International and organiser of the conference. Co-organisers of the conference included CAAA, China Biogas Society (CBS) and NDRC (National Development and Reform Committee), with support from the Society for International Cooperation (GIC) and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center (FECC).
On the final day of the expo, visitors had an excursion opportunity to two large plants in the Qingdao area. These were the Biogas Project and the GaoJiaWa Shandong MINH Biogas Project, both which were still in their start-up phases.
Training on best practices for biogas technology
Days prior to the Bio-Energy Expo, 150 industry players attended a training course in Qingdao on international best practices in biogas purification technology and bio-methane use.
Research and project development experts concerned with the planning and construction of large biogas plants were on hand to discuss the market situation in China and share their experiences on international bio-methane projects. Technical issues regarding implementation were also widely discussed. The programme included a visit to the Bio-Energy Expo exhibition and Bioenergy Conference. This pre-expo training workshop was organised by the GIC had FECC, with support from DLG AgroTechService.
The next Bio-Energy Expo will be held in Nanjing on 18 to 20 May 2012.