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Denmark's first "organic" biogas plant inaugurated

The Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen has officially inaugurated Denmark's first organic biogas plant. Representing an investment of DKK 130 million (≈ EUR 17.4 million), the Nature Energy Månsson biogas plant in Brande converts ecological chicken litter and vegetable waste to ecological biomethane for injection into the gas grid.

Denmark’s Finance Minister Kristian Jensen has officially inaugurated the country’s first organic biogas plant, producing ecological biomethane for gas grid injection (photo courtesy Nature Energy).

I am extremely proud that the first ecologically produced biogas on the gas grid comes from Ikast-Brande Municipality. The plant is a green lighthouse for the municipality and is of great importance to the many organic farming in the municipality, said Ib Boye Lauritsen, Mayor of Ikast-Brande Municipality.

Officially inaugurated on March 2, the plant is jointly owned by ecological vegetable and egg producer Axel Månsson A/S and Denmark’s largest biogas producer NGF Nature Energy and can process up to 150 000 tonnes-per-annum of horticultural residues, green clover and chicken litter.

Project pushed by a food scandal

Vegetables from Egypt combined with a distinctive desire to experiment are a few of the things that contribute to the fact that Denmark’s largest organic biogas plant is now a reality.

The road to this has been long and not without challenges. In fact, one of the challenges is the food scandal that Europe experienced in the summer of 2011. At that time, a number of Germans became ill, and initially, lettuce was blamed. All lettuce from German producers was withdrawn and consumption of lettuce fell throughout Europe. As we produce some lettuce here, it gave a little sweat on the forehead, said Axel Månsson, Director of Axel Månsson.

The biogas plant is also of great local significance, as a number of organic farming relies on access to organic fertilizers.

There was nothing wrong with our lettuce. And in fact, it was not at all the lettuce’s fault, it turned out to be other vegetables imported from Egypt. But it made me serious to realize that the only suspicion that something could be wrong with our products could ruin our business. That risk should be minimized, so I decided to start building a biogas plant, Månsson said.

The plant was established in close collaboration with Nature Energy, Denmark’s largest biogas producer. The plant will be another important part of the green changeover of the gas grid:

The biogas plant in Brande is another good example of Denmark as a green pioneer country and is another contribution to the green transformation of the gas grid, where residues from agriculture, organic waste from industry and household waste displace natural gas. In fact, Denmark can become the first country in Europe to say goodbye to fossil natural gas as it is already possible in 2035 to cover gas consumption in Danish companies and home with green biogas, said Ole Hvelplund, CEO of Nature Energy.

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