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Weltec Biopower builds its first biogas plant in Taiwan

Weltec Biopower builds its first biogas plant in Taiwan
Dominik Seubert (left), Product Manager, Melchers Germany; Vladimir Bogatov, Sales Asia-Pacific WELTEC; Tudor Pascu, Managing Director, Melchers Taiwan, and Hajo Schierhold Head of Sales, WELTEC (photo courtesy WELTEC).

Together with its Asian partner Melchers Taiwan, Germany-headed biogas producer, and technology supplier Weltec Biopower GmbH (WELTEC) has announced the construction of a 360 kWe biogas power plant in southwest Taiwan, a first on the island for the company.

Construction of the 360 kWe biogas plant at the operator’s headquarters in Tainan City, on the southwest coast of Taiwan, is scheduled to begin in 2023 with commissioning planned for 2024.

WELTEC is responsible for the engineering, the execution, and the complete service including biological analyses.

Because this is our first biogas plant in the country, we are particularly pleased to be able to contribute our proven technology to this project, said Vladimir Bogatov, Area Sales Manager for the Asia-Pacific at WELTEC.

Taiwan is the 26th jurisdiction for a WELTEC biogas plant.

Combined heat and power

In addition to the electricity fed into the grid, part of it will be used for the plant’s own use. The heat from the biogas plant will also be used to heat the operator’s production facilities directly at the plant.

and via a local heating network: among other things, it is used to supply a pigsty that is equipped by WELTEC’s parent company WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp.

The circular economy concept envisages using the pig manure produced as the main substrate for the operation of the biogas plant.

Adapted to local conditions

The stainless steel fermenters take into account the special requirements of the island state: due to its tectonic position, Taiwan experiences strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences with above-average frequency.

The special stainless steel construction and high stability of the biogas plant are adapted to the high earthquake probability and the local wind load specifications.

We are extremely happy with our partnership with WELTEC BIOPOWER, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of biogas plant construction. The plant quality, the high technical standard, the expertise in project implementation, especially in Asia, and the after-sales support in plant efficiency immediately convinced us and our customers of the cooperation, explained Tudor Pascu, Managing Director of Melchers Taiwan.

Another advantage is that only a small amount of work is required for the on-site construction, as the project is intensively accompanied by the WELTEC team from the headquarters in Vechta, Germany.

And the fact that WELTEC BIOPOWER has already realized several projects in Japan, South Korea, and China may prove to be a strategic advantage for further biogas projects in Taiwan in the future, added Vladimir Bogatov.

Aligned with government policy

Such framework conditions should also contribute significantly to Taiwan becoming a climate-neutral economy by 2050 as planned.

At the end of March 2022, the government in Taipei declared that Taiwan would become a climate-neutral economy by 2050 and published a new roadmap.

The roadmap envisages billions of dollars in state investment for renewable energy and circular economy projects.

It is expected that especially already experienced market players such as Melchers Taiwan and WELTEC will play an important role in this process and are eager to cooperate with the authorities to support the implementation path.

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