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HZI and Eggersmann selected to build biogas plant in Zuffenhausen

Switzerland-headed waste-to-energy (WtE) and biogas technology specialist, Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has announced that it, in a consortium with the Eggersmann Group, is to build a dry anaerobic digestion plant to treat 35 000 tonnes per annum of organic waste in Zuffenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The two waste management specialists were recently awarded the contract by Abfallwirtschaft Stuttgart, the state capital’s own waste management utility.

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has announced that it, in a consortium with the Eggersmann Group, is to build a dry anaerobic digestion plant to treat 35 000 tonnes per annum of organic waste in Zuffenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The two waste management specialists were recently awarded the contract by Abfallwirtschaft Stuttgart, the state capital’s own waste management utility (photo courtesy HZI).

According to HZI, the awarding of the contract kicks off a project centred on a core feature of Hitachi Zosen Inova’s (HZI) proven Kompogas technology: harnessing the potential of biogenic waste for the greatest possible material and energy yield.

Construction on site is scheduled to begin in autumn this year and trial operation in 2023, with the plant due to be running at full capacity at the beginning of the summer that year.

Exemplary resource management

A PF2100 steel digester will be used to convert up to 35 000 tonnes of source-separated organic waste from the Stuttgart urban area into biogas. Part of this will be used to generate electricity at a combined heat and power unit on the same site, with the waste heat used to heat the digester and for composting to cover the plant’s heat requirements as efficiently as possible. The electricity generated will be fed into the general utility grid.

The lion’s share of the biogas, however, will be used at the manufacturing plant of “a well-known automaker”, transported through an underground line to a combined heat and power (CHP) unit at the plant’s energy generation unit to produce electricity and heat for direct use on site.

Besides renewable energy, the biogas plant will also produce high-grade fertilizer from the digestate, which will be dewatered to yield both a liquid and a solid fraction. After being sanitized in the Kompogas digester, the liquid digestate will be available to farmers as high-grade organic fertiliser.

At the plant the solid fraction will be made into a ready-to-use compost, an organic source of nutrients that can be used, for example, to provide humus cover for farmland. This sustainable approach, with resources used optimally and the various products marketed, will play a significant role in the overall economic efficiency of the plant, which in turn will impact the costs of treating the organic waste.

The dry anaerobic digestion plant also makes an important contribution to regional climate protection and decarbonization efforts.

Success consortium

As for a similar project in Rhineland-Palatinate, the bidding consortium prevailed in the multiple stages of a Europe-wide tender. Eggersmann is in charge of building construction, composting, compost processing, and exhaust air treatment. HZI is supplying waste recovery technology, dry fermentation technology for producing the biogas, and digestate separation technology.

According to HZI, the Kompogas plant in Zuffenhausen is one of more than 100 installations worldwide using this technology to generate energy from renewable organic resources. Available in both steel and concrete, the digesters are equipped with resilient agitators for the reliable treatment of a wide range of substrates with different compositions comprising organic and green waste as well as the organic fraction of municipal solid waste.

By combining digester modules as required, larger plants for higher throughput volumes can also be realized.

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