Frenquently Asked Questions

Renewable gas is obtained from the local recovery of organic waste whereas natural gas comes from the exploitation of fossil resources. 

Renewable gas can be obtained through different processes and in its raw, unpurified version, is called biogas in methanisation or syngas in pyro-gasification. 

In case of injection into the city gas grid, these renewable gases could be purified to meet the standards of quality of methane and will present the same characteristics.

Methanisation is based on the biological phenomenon of fermentation of organic matter: the waste from fruits and vegetables, household waste, agricultural waste (slurry, manure) or even industrial waste such as grains dust. This natural degradation can be implemented in specific facilities, methanisation sites, in order to produce biomethane.  At the end of this process, two components are produced: biogas and digestate.  Once purified, biogas becomes biomethane. It has the same characteristics as natural gas in terms of storage and delivery. Digestate can be used as a fertilizer. The process of methanisation is the most mature of all to produce green gas.
Pyro gasification is a thermo-chemical process which consists of heating waste in a low oxygen environment in order to produce a renewable gas, synthetic biomethane. Pyro-gasification uses dry biomass, which is a wide diversity of resources that are difficult to recover: wood waste, non hazardous demolition wood (doors, windows, old furniture, industrial panels, etc.) and “solid recovered fuel” (SRF). Once collected and sorted out, this waste is heated at very high temperatures (from 800 to 1500 degrees) with a small quantity of oxygen. Then the waste is converted into gas, with the exception of a solid residue. Good to know: pyrogazification is an old technique used in the past to produce wood charcoal. During the 19 century, it was also used to produce “town gas” from coal.

Containerized and mobile data centers can be easily set up in the immediate vicinity of each renewable gas unit, thus ensuring that energy is consumed “on-site” with no need to be connected to the gas grid.
These containerized data centers can then be moved to another unit as soon as access to the gas grid is available.
Thus, the digital services provided by these data centers make it possible to ensure remuneration for renewable gas units in all circumstances.

The grids, especially electrical, need to be permanently balanced, which means that they need to match the supply of energy to the demand. Overproduction means that part of the energy will be lost, “fatal energy”. Overconsumption means a risk of blackout. To avoid this, the managers of the grid can make appeal to gas or coal plants that are capable of producing quickly, which are however very polluting, or appeal to industries to temporarily stop their consumption and to delete themselves from the network. The activities of our data centers offer this flexibility in order to inject gas or cogenerated electricity into the grid at a better “spot” price when the demand requires it.

PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) is an energy supply agreement between an electricity producer and an electricity consumer (company, industry, energy supplier, energy distributor, etc) who commits to buy its energy over a defined period of time.

PPAs are increasingly becoming a solution for companies that want to guarantee their energy expenditure over the long term.

There are 2 types of PPAs:

  • On-site PPA: the parties agree to an annual amount of electricity at a fixed price and for a defined period of time (from 5 to 25 years) and the energy is delivered to the company through a direct connection for its own consumption;
  • Off-site PPA: the parties agree to an annual amount of electricity at a fixed price and for a defined period of time (from 5 to 25 years) and each party injects and consumes from the grid using their original guarantees to certify their green energy.

DATAFARM ENERGY innovates and uses these PPAs to supply renewable gas by offering GPAs (Gas purchase Agreements).

Tokenization is an approach that allows you to put the assets of a company in a token in the blockchain, a technology developed in the 90s which relies on cryptography to offer a high level of security in the transactions.

As an alternative to traditional and crowdfunding, tokenization offers an innovative, safe and fast model through a fundraising process, called “ICO”.

For more information, consult our investors page.