News

Austria’s Biogest builds EUR 5.3 million biogas plant

Published

September 15, 2015

Comments

0

Share

Published:

September 15, 2015

Comments:

0

Share

The Romanian unit of Austria’s Biogest, First Biogaz, officially opened the first company-owned biogas-fuelled plant in the country.

Electricity is fed into the grid and heat from the facility is used at a grain dryer and a fish farm. Biogest has invested EUR 5.3 million, said Banca Comerciala Romania (BCR), which financed the project, SeeNews reported. The plant, located in Ardud, a town in the northwestern county of Satu-Mare, has an installed capacity of 1.5 MW, the bank said in a statement.

Local company Schwab Agroprod Srl, is a partner and shareholder. It farms at 3,000 hectares and operates one of the largest grain dryers in Transylvania, with a storage capacity of 35,000 tonnes and a drying capacity of 800 tonnes of fresh mass a day, Biogest’s press release said. The biogas plant was built using the company’s PowerRing technology and it will use energy crops and agricultural by-products such as maize straw on a large scale. Research and development activities at Biogest focus on exploring the potential for using alternative raw materials with the aim of reducing substrate costs and creating symbiosis between food production and power generation, the document said. Using perennial wild plants as a substrate will also be tested in Ardud, turning the site into a pilot plant for the whole region.

The business of Biogest covers design, planning, funding, turn-key construction and operation of plants with installed capacities ranging from 100 KW to 3.5 MW. BCR, a unit of Austria’s Erste Bank AG, is Romania’s largest in terms of assets.

Biogest said in late July it received its first order to construct an agricultural biogas plant in Bjelovar-Bilogora County in eastern Croatia. The project includes output of 1 MW and utilization of agricultural manure and energy crops.

Related Articles

offshore-wind-capacity-istock

Record 21.1 GW of new offshore wind capacity deployed in 2021 – GWEC report

29 June 2022 - By the end of this decade, 260 GW of new offshore wind is forecast to be added globally, with total capacity reaching 316 GW

G7 reverses climate policy support LNG gas nuclear power

G7 reverses climate policy with support for LNG, gas, nuclear power

29 June 2022 - The G7 reaffirmed its commitment to climate goals, but it backed the deployment of gas, particularly LNG, and of nuclear power

Romania renewables statistically attributed Netherlands

Romania’s renewables can statistically be attributed to Netherlands

28 June 2022 - The EU enables countries to pay other member states to formally make up for shortfalls in achieving own green energy targets

offshore-wind-installation-vessels

EU faces challenges in delivering on ambitious offshore wind target

28 June 2022 - The ambitious target could prove challenging due to expected shortages of specialized offshore wind installation vessels