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Ductor signs deal with Sweden’s largest egg producer

Ductor signs deal with Sweden’s largest egg producer
With an estimated market share of 18 percent, AB CA Cedergren is the largest egg producer in Sweden (photo courtesy Svenska Ägg).

Ductor Biogas Sweden AB, a subsidiary of the Finnish-Swiss biotechnology company Ductor Oy, and AB CA Cedergren, Sweden’s largest egg producer, have joined forces to create a circular farming model, combining the core expertise of Ductor with valuable waste streams from CA Cedergren’s operations.

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In July 2022 the companies officially signed a 20 years contract for the land lease and the supply of chicken manure from CA Cedergren as feedstock for a new biogas facility in Fliseryd, Kalmar County.

The new plant is expected to start operations in 2024.

I am proud and happy that our Sweden Country Manager Jorma Liikamaa has been able to reach this stage of partnership with our partner CA Cedergren and look optimistically into the future producing carbon-reduced biogas and fertilizers in Fliseryd. Decentralized and resilient solutions to energy and fertilizer production contribute to global energy and food security, said Bernard C. Fenner, CEO of Ductor.

Awarded Climate Step grant

Ductor Biogas Sweden has been awarded a SEK 112 million (≈ EUR 10.43 million) grant for the project from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) Climate Step (Klimatklivet) funding program for the positive impacts of its technology in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction.

Emissions of methane (CH4) from the handling of animal manure account for an important share of agriculture’s climate impact. With the implementation of Ductor’s biotechnological solution, emissions can be significantly reduced.

In a two-step fermentation process, nitrogen is at first recovered after pre-digestion, to avoid nitrogen inhibition during the following main fermentation step.

The process yields a liquid nitrogen fertilizer, biogas, and a solid product fraction that can be used as a soil improver or fertilizer. The result is biogas and organic-based fertilizer with a reduced climate impact.

The annual production of energy at the plant equals four million litres of diesel fuel. The total reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during the 20-year lifetime of the plant is estimated to be 337 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq). I am excited to continue moving this project forward with full force, ended Jorma Liikamaa.

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