Weltec to modernise 2.2-MW insolvent biogas plant in Germany

Weltec Suedergellersen © Dennis Thomas

August 13 (Renewables Now) - Nordmethan GmbH, a company of German biogas plant specialist Weltec Biopower GmbH, has acquired and plans to modernise a 2.2-MW insolvent biogas plant in northern Germany.

The facility, located in Suedergellersen, Lower Saxony, was constructed in 2009 and expanded in 2014. The plant went bankrupt as its original concept, which was based on the digestion of horse manure and sale of the digestate as fertiliser pellets, proved economically unviable, Weltec explained in a news release today.

The planned modernisation will see the facility's two digesters fed mainly with renewable raw materials and horse manure from local suppliers. The generated biogas will fuel two cogeneration power plants with an electrical capacity of 1.1 MW each. The electricity will be delivered to the public power grid and part of the exhaust heat from the cogeneration will be used to dry the digestate.

Weltec said that project development work has been launched. "Following a takeover negotiation process of about two years, we will speedily modernise the plant technology in order to ensure its going concern," remarked Jens Albartus, director of Weltec and Nordmethan.

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