Denmark: largest experimental biogas plant
October 30 heralded the inauguration of the world's
largest experimental biogas plant situated at Research Centre Foulum in
The plant will significantly improve the utilisation of biogas and the
effects on the climate and the environment of agricultural production.
The advantages of using biogas in animal production are manyfold. Biogas does
not result in a reduction of food production, as is the case with other types of
In addition, when treating animal manure in
the biogras plant, odour problems due to less slurry are reduced and the
leaching of nutrients to the aquatic environment is also lowered.
Financed by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, the new plant
will enable the testing of methods to improve biogas production under practical
conditions. The Research Centre Foulum has a wide range of raw materials with
its herds of pigs, dairy cattle, poultry and mink. It also manages a supply of
energy crops, straw and other types of biomass.
A production plant is also provided at the
new experimental plant to treat around 29,000 tonnes of slurry and 2,000 tonnes
of biomass from the barns and fields at Foulum, which will in turn, be used to
create 850,000 cubic metres of methane gas to use for heat and electricity at
the local thermal power station.
Minister of Agriculture, Eva Kjer Hansen, is confident that the new biogas
plant will bring Denmark to the "global forefront of the area of energy
consumption, nutrients from animal manure and other kinds of biomass."
â€¢ Ministry of Food,
Agriculture and Fisheries, Denmark
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