Today is the opening of the biggest biogas plant in Denmark to date. The biogas plant will transform 540,000 tons of manure and stubble into green energy.
On a former corn field in Bevtoft between Toftlund and Vojens in Southern Jutland, Sønderjysk Biogas are opening the doors to the biggest biogas plant in Denmark to date.
The Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt (V) had the honour of turning the first faucet on. Each year the plant will be responsible for transforming 540,000 tons of animal waste, straw and other by-products into green energy.
Sønderjysk Biogas will produce approximately 21 million cubic meter of upgraded natural biogas each year. This figure is equivalent to energy consumption in roughly 15,000 households or 570 urban busses, the energy group E.on projects. Together with local farmers in the supplier association Sønderjysk Biogas Invest (SBi), E.on is responsible for the establishment of the plant.
In a new press release, the Administrative Director at E.on Denmark Tore Harrithøj states: “If we are to reach our issued climate targets, it is of the utmost importance that we improve our ability to utilise the synergy in the transformation from by-products to resources.”
At a size of 20 football fields, the plant will help agriculture’s green accounting. According to E.on and SBi, the biogas from the plant will reduce Denmark’s emission of CO2 with an estimated 51,000 tons.
On average, farmers in charge of delivering the manure live within a radius of 18 kilometres from the biogas plant, SBi’s chairman of the board Erling Christensen says. He himself is one of them. “When we, the farmers, deliver manure to a biogas plant, the manure is decomposed and greenhouse gasses are detained without jeopardizing the nutrients from the manure in the process. By applying this method, we reduce agricultural emissions and improve fertilizers for crops simultaneously”, he states.
According to the EU’s climate targets for 2030, Denmark has to reduce the country’s CO2-emissions from the so-called non-ETCS Sectors by 39% compared to 2005. This applies to cars, residences, and farmers.
According to Lars Christian Lilleholt, the production of biogas reduces the farmer’s CO2-emissions and dislodges the utilities from fossil fuel in the industry or transport industry at the same time.
Source: Fyens Stifttidende