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Obituary - Harm Grobrügge

12.05.1955 - 21.09.2021

Harm Grobrügge | 12.05.1955 - 21.09.2021
It is with profound sadness that the German Biogas Association and the entire German and European biogas industry mourn the loss of Harm Grobrügge, who passed away on 21 September at the age of 66. As a biogas expert, he was a valued expert in the industry for plant operators, politicians and companies. He started operating a biogas plant on his farm early on, using stillage from his small distillery as feedstock. Fascinated by the technology, he continued to work with this form of energy generation on a voluntary basis with a very high level of commitment.

He held the position of Spokesman of the Nordhannover regional group until the very end. He acted as a member of the Committee of the German Biogas Association since the nineties. Furthermore, he was a board member of the German Renewable Energy Association (Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie e.V.) for more than two decades. He supported and promoted the foundation of the European Biogas Association (EBA) from the very beginning, acting as its Vice President from the year of its foundation in 2009 until 2019. In 2019, he became President of the EBA and held that position until his death. He also regularly represented the German Biogas Association on the Board of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) at a European level.

Harm Grobrügge was a notable, figurative part of the Clearing House EEG/KWKG since it was established in Germany in 2007. He was primarily involved in the Clearing House court cases that resulted in a long list of recommendations on the interpretation of the Renewable Energy Law. Harm Grobrügge supported the work of the Clearing House for 14 years, providing help and advice to develop it right from the beginning.

Grobrügge was highly committed to striving for framework conditions that enable sustainable, economical production of biogas. At the same time, he kept his personal interests in the background, pursuing the major goals of climate protection and energy turnaround. His appraisal and advice were much sought-after at many levels – including the German Biogas Association. Not only was he a proven expert in the biogas community, he also acted as presenter, speaker and co-designer of numerous events.

In Harm Grobrügge, the biogas family in Germany and Europe has lost a committed and charismatic member.

Not only Harm Grobrügge‘s expertise, but his very person will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with his family.