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Hitachi Zosen Inova doubles up with second Kompogas plant in Peloponnese

Swiss waste-to-energy (WtE) and biogas technology specialists Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has announced that it has been awarded the contract to deliver the core module for a Kompogas dry fermentation plant in the Peloponnese area. This will be the second biogas plant being constructed on behalf of Greek partner Terna Energy S.A. on the Greek peninsula.

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) will deliver the core module for a Kompogas dry fermentation plant in the Peloponnese area. This will be the second plant being constructed on behalf of Greek partner Terna Energy S.A. on the peninsula (photo courtesy HZI).

The new biogas plant in Kalamata is the second of its type being built by Terna Energy in the Peloponnese region, a southern Greek peninsula. Following on from the contract in mid-March 2021 to supply two Kompogas core modules to Tripoli, the new project is centered on the port city of Kalamata around 60 km to the southwest.

Terna Energy is currently undertaking an ambitious reorientation of its waste management operations in the region Peloponnese as part of a national waste management plan in line with European Union (EU) guidelines.

Meeting Greek Waste Management Strategy targets

The Greek plan has set targets to be met in waste management by 2025, including higher recycling rates and lower overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Our work in this region will play a crucial role here in terms of implementing renewable energy solutions in the waste treatment sector. The proven Kompogas technology and the experience after our first successful implementation in Epirus meet our needs as regards the wide range of organic waste and enables us to use resources very efficiently and sustainably with a view to the shift toward a circular economy, explained Charalabos Charalabidis, Project Manager at Terna Energy.

Some 20 000 tonnes per annum of organic waste from local households will be used for power generation. After being converted into 2.7 million Nm3/a of biogas in a PF1500 steel digester, it will yield around 6 000 MWh of electricity annually. This is enough to power approximately 1 500 households in the four districts of Kalamata for a year.

Particularly with such a varied mix of waste, the robust Kompogas process has shown itself to be impressively stable and reliable, said Stefano Boscolo, Director RG Sales Products and Systems at HZI.

Installation of the digester will begin this summer, and it will enter operation in the fall of 2022.

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