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Publisher: WELtec BioPower GmbH

WELtec BioPower is currently erecting the world's largest biogas plant with direct infeed in the natural gas network

Vechta/Könnern - Last week, the German biogas plant manufacturer WELtec BioPower® GmbH in Vechta received the building permit for the currently largest biogas plant in the world with direct infeed of prepared biogas into the natural gas network. The operator of the Biogas Park, which will be erected between Halle and Magdeburg in the city of Könnern with 8000 inhabitants, will be the subsidiary Agridea BioPower. In conjunction with about 30 farmers, about 30 million m³ raw biogas will be generated a year, which will be processed to produce about 15 million m³ biomethane. Barely over 120,000 tons of substrate will be fermented for this purpose in a year.

"The most ambitious project in the company history to this day begins with the building permit," emphasizes Jens Albartus, Managing Director of WELtec BioPower® GmbH. "With the concept of gas processing to biomethane, WELtec BioPower® is taking an innovative path, which not only responds to energy policy goals, but also does justice to the current requirements of the Kyoto Protocol and helps to reduce CO2 emissions!" As a rule, biogas is immediately employed for a co-generation power plant for heating and power generation. The resulting heat, however, can only then be effectively employed if a consumer is available in spatial proximity for this purpose. Such a consumer can be, for instance, public swimming pools, schools or greenhouses. The heat purchase is then a decisive factor for the cost effectiveness of a biogas plant. But if the biogas is prepared to biomethane as in the future Biogas Park Könnern, then such deliberations are secondary. The biomethane is directly fed into the natural gas network and can be conducted to the respective location of consumption. As a rule, significantly more efficient utilisation concepts are possible here. Furthermore, in contrast to wind and solar energy, a completely integrated and uniform energy supply to the final user is possible. The biomethane generation is produced CO2-neutral in this concept, which helps actively preserve the environment and makes an important contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

After the surprisingly short construction time of about 9 months for a project of this size, the facility should start operation in the first quarter of 2009, which puts enormous demands on planning competence. "Because of our past experience in erecting some 200 biogas plants all over the world, however, we are perfectly up to this task," says Jens Albartus, "since we are the only actual producer of biogas plants, we build and construct the stainless steel equipment ourselves and are capable of installing biogas plants rapidly and effectively anywhere in the world at any time!" WELtec BioPower® is one of the leading German suppliers of complete biogas equipment and was founded in 2001– the parent companies, Stallkamp and Weda, however, look back on a decade-long company history. This combination of many years experience with state of the art thinking permits to offer complete biogas plants from one supplier. WELtec BioPower® equipment is designed by own experienced engineers, and all significant components are produced by the parent corporation. The advantage: world-wide consistently high quality and individual solutions for every demand. Traditional equipment for energy crops as well as equipment for the problem-free processing of foodstuffs or butchering waste can be realised as well. With the building of the Biogas Park in Könnern, WELtec BioPower® GmbH takes another big stride into a successful future.

Vechta/Könnern, June 09, 2008

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About WELtec BioPower GmbH

WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH was founded in 2001 and is one of the pioneers of the constructors of biogas plants. Based on the modern approach of experienced engineers, the company from Vechta, Germany with its expertise of a staff of close to 80, offers complete biogas plants from one source and has developed to a leading constructor of biogas plants in the world. Today there are more than 300 references in 25 countries.

As the hydrogen sulphide and ammonia compounds contained in biogas corrode unprotected parts, WELTEC builds the digesters from stainless steel. This ensures a long useful life of the plant. The manufacturing depth also guarantees a consistently high standard regardless of the location and ensures an export rate that is far above the industry average.

The plants have a modular structure. WELTEC uses only proven system components and develops most of the technologies along the entire value chain internally: digester technology, mixing technology, control technology, hygienisation systems, and digestate processing solutions originate from the company.

By means of its comprehensive services, WELTEC ensures the technical and economic stability of the biogas plants. The CHP service guarantees stable output, the biological supervision ensures continuous monitoring of the relevant parameters, and systematic repowering makes sure that the biogas plant is always up to date. Operators can choose from a range of service packages of different types and scope.

One of the main strengths of WELTEC is the ability to deliver individual and flexible solutions worldwide – from compact plants to large computer-controlled plants in the megawatt range, waste recycling plants, and biogas parks with gas processing technology.

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