|Weltec Biopower GmbH has started construction of a biogas plant in France,|
Weltec Biopower GmbH has started construction of a biogas plant in France, scheduled for commissioning in October. The plant, nearly 60 miles northwest of Nantes, will include a 3,052-cubic-meter fermenter, along with a separator, solid matter dosing feeder, two storage tanks, a digestate storage unit and a pump station.
Upon completion, the 526 kilowatt plant will use pig manure along with food industry waste, regenerative raw material and agricultural residue. A farming operation provided the site for the plant and will also provide the ag residue feedstock for the fermenter. Exhaust heat produced by the biogas plant will dry the digestate and provide a source of heat for the pig operation at the site. According to Weltec, a feed-in tariff in France ensures that the country will purchase power from all biogas plants at a set price for 15 years.
Weltec is also working on a biogas facility in Germany—the largest in the country—that will use raw materials and pig manure from roughly 30 farms. On average, farmers associated with the facility will not have to travel farther than nine miles to deliver their substrate product. The biogas plant will feature four fermenters, six digestate storage units and one liquid reservoir, all of which will be piped into a natural gas grid. The facility is set for commissioning in December.