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Biogest scores biogas plant service contracts in the UK

Austria-headed biogas technology providers Biogest Energie- und Wassertechnik GmbH (Biogest) has announced that it has been awarded three further contracts for technological and biological services for agricultural biogas plants in the UK bringing the total to 19 service contracts across the country.

Biogest’s PowerCompact system is an economic 1-stage biogas plant with a power output of 100 kW to 300 kW. The PowerCompact system has been specially developed for dairy farms and can operate with a 100% slurry substrate. The design is based on a reinforced concrete tank with a double membrane gas storage facility on top (photo courtesy Biogest).

Biogest’s Plant Engineering business unit currently has a total of 25 Biogest biogas plants (of which five are biomethane feed-in systems) operating or in the start-up phase in the UK. The sustainable Service business unit (technical and biological services) now comprises 19 service contracts and is an essential supplement to the Plant Engineering business unit.

The three new service contracts include a PowerCompact biogas plant that has an electrical capacity of 124 kW and, in addition to its own power requirements, can feed enough electricity into the public grid to power around 370 households. There are currently ten PowerCompact biogas plants in the UK, four of which are operated by the OPO (Own Plant Operations) business unit, complementing the international portfolio of Biogest’s own plant operations.

In this segment, the biogas plants are built and financed by Biogest, operated by agricultural partners, and technically and biologically serviced by Biogest.

The two remaining contracts are for biomethane feed-in plants have a capacity of 450 Nm3 per hour and 400 Nm3 per hour respectively. The plants are exclusively operated using organic fertilisers and energy crops which are subsequently used as high-quality ecological manure after processing in the biogas plant.

The technical services offered by Biogest cover everything from safe commissioning through to regular servicing and plant maintenance. Biological services support the biogas plant during commissioning and subsequent operations. Experienced staff continually monitor the biological processes by ringing into the biogas plant’s central server on a daily basis in order to record performance.

The service package also includes regular plant inspections by specialists and training customer employees on how to operate their biogas plants.

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