Biogas plants for own consumption can make any industry environmental-friendly

Biogas plants for own consumption can make any industry environmental-friendly

Atamiq is a B2B platform offering products, solutions and services to help industrial companies in the ESG transition. The company is specialised in a number of areas of sustainable development such as delivery, installation and maintenance of drinking and waste water treatment solutions, PV and cogeneration systems, hydrogen technologies, biogas plants, waste sorting and recycling facilities. Maya Atanasova is the founder and CEO of Atamiq.

Mrs. Atanasova, when was Atamiq launched and what were the main challenges in the energy landscape at the time?

Atamiq was launched at the end of the second quarter of 2022. In order to have a strong launch, we had to convince early users to join the platform even before scaling up. Behind all the functionalities and before the official start, we devoted almost a year developing the platform and gathering technical information. Another significant challenge was that our partners were not ready to go online with their entire technical portfolio, this was hard even for companies with 150 years of history. But despite all the challenges we met, today we can proudly say that Atamiq is the first platform able to digitise the procurement processes in environmental projects. The added value is that industrial experts no longer have to be engaged in time-consuming projects as they are now able to find solutions and engineering advice online.

How have the company’s operations and customer profile changed?

There is a saying that necessity is the mother of invention. We had to respond to a customer-driven change, using digital interactions with industrial service providers worldwide. The challenges in procurement, supply chain and manufacturing itself were at the forefront of finding new ways of doing business.

By positioning ourselves as an ESG solution provider, we aim to make our customers more efficient, save their time and help them reduce the environmental impact of the industry they are involved in. Transitional changes, coupled with industrial revolution in service, proved that the customer profile had to be deeply reorganised so that our customers can have 24/7 access to technical expertise and online solutions.

Atamiq offers products in the area of green transition and solutions. Can you give us an example of such products for industrial clients and what makes them different from products that are not in compliance with ESG and green standards?

Our portfolio of solutions includes various environmental areas. As we know how important industrial decarbonisation is, we tried to combine our expertise in delivery, installation, automation and maintenance services in the fields of water treatment, sludge recovery, biogas systems, waste management, air quality systems. In line with the net zero goal, we provide our expertise with PV systems, including PV facades, power cogeneration and hydrogen technologies.

The energy green transition is a top priority for Europe. A well-executed ESG strategy can strengthen investment returns by allocating capital to more promising and sustainable business opportunities and meet the needs of the present without compromising possibilities for the future generations.

When it comes to solutions, Atamiq has expertise in a number of areas. One of the most innovative solutions in your portfolio is the system that enables the production of electricity from sludge. Can you tell us a bit more about it and who is it suitable for?

The sludge produced during the wastewater treatment process is a major challenge nowadays. More and more industries solve this problem via anaerobic digestion that helps them reduce disposal costs and produce energy. Biogas technologies turn the plant from an energy consumer to an energy provider. Biogas sources produced through digestion technologies are turned into a renewable source of heat and electricity. This is where cogeneration comes into play. Cogeneration is a combined generation of heat and electricity, thus achieving a very high efficiency of use of energy contained in the fuel, which is sludge in this case.

Most industrial residues can be used as a source of energy. From breweries, through the food industry, pulp and paper, chemicals, municipal waste treatment, etc. - biogas systems have extremely wide applications.

One of our latest projects is a biogas installation within a municipal wastewater treatment plant. We completed the delivery, installation and start-up of the technological equipment including digesting – equipment, gas storage, gas flare, heat exchanger and containerised combined heat and power (CHP) unit with electrical output of 120kW and heat output of 176kW. In order to have a maximum productivity, biogas consumption is about 52 Nm³/h.

I can assure that if an industry is committed to decarbonisation, circular economy and sustainability, a biogas plant that produces energy for its own consumption can contribute to reaching the “E” (environmental factor) from an ESG perspective.

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