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WELtec BioPower Sells Two Biogas Plants to France

03-10-2010 11:17 AM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: WELtec BioPower

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Computer image of the plant in Colombey les Choiseul

Computer image of the plant in Colombey les Choiseul

Following the market entry in France in 2009 with the establishment of two biogas plants, WELtec BioPower GmbH from Vechta, Germany, has received two further orders from the neighbouring country. Together with the French partner CLAIE, the biogas plant manufacturer from Lower Saxony has sold a 104-kilowatt plant to Saint Sigismond, between Nantes and Angers.

The plant comprises a fermenter (1071 cubic metre) and a dosing feeder (18 cubic metre), and will be fed with liquid and solid cattle manure, duck manure, and cereals silage. The efficiency is higher than 75 percent, as the duck coops and parts of the close-by village will be connected to the heat network. In view of this efficiency, the farmer will receive the maximum feed-in tariff. Instead of an excess gas burner, a heat reservoir with a capacity of approximately 70 cubic metre will be installed. The operator has already guaranteed an expansion investment for the plant.

The second premium plant from WELtec BioPower, which will go live in France in summer 2010, was sold in collaboration with the partner Domaix Energie to Colombey les Choiseul, about 250 kilometer west of Strasbourg.

The installation of the biogas plant, which will have a 1571 cubic metre fermenter and a 30 cubic metre dosing feeder, will begin in March 2010. In the 250-kilowatt plant, the digestate from the biowaste will be heated in the hygienisation unit, separated, and finally dried with a belt dryer. The dry matter will be converted to pellets that the operator — a farmer — plans to sell as fuel.

The WELtec plant is designed for liquid and solid cattle manure, leftovers, cereals silage, bakery waste, and flotate fat. Apart from a compensation of the heat, the feed-in tariff for electricity will be 15 cents per kWh el, as this plant, too, boasts an efficiency of 75 percent.

Since October 2009, the revised French immission control legislation has greatly simplified both the registration and the approval procedure for biogas plants, resulting in an increased number of biogas-related orders from France. The change in law followed the declaration of the intention to promote biogas projects at the environment summit in Paris in autumn 2007.

Established in 2001, WELtec BioPower GmbH in Vechta, Lower Saxony, Germany, is a leading provider of complete biogas plants. Based on the long-standing experience of its parent companies and the modern approach of young engineers, the company, with its staff of close to 60, offers complete biogas plants from one source.

As the hydrogen sulphide and ammonia compounds contained in biogas corrode unprotected parts, WELtec makes use of stainless steel fermenters. This ensures a long useful life of the plant. WELtec BioPower uses only proven system components and develops most of the technologies internally, such as fermenter technology, mixing technology, control technology, hygienisation systems, and digestate processing solutions.

WELtec BioPower biogas plants are characterised by a modular structure. This enables individual and flexible solutions – from compact plants to large computer-controlled plants in the megawatt range, gas processing technology, and waste recycling plants.

By continuously expanding its export rate, WELtec BioPower GmbH is the only leading manufacturer of biogas plants that was able to generate more sales and earnings over the past three years despite the negative market trend.

A key success factor of WELtec BioPower is the quality of the premium plants. Thanks to its advanced production depth, WELtec does not need to outsource any parts or material and guarantees a consistently high quality around the globe.

In 2008, WELtec BioPower GmbH became one of the first providers of complete biogas plants to be certified by TÜV Rheinland according to DIN EN ISO 14001:2004 and the quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2000.

WELtec BioPower GmbH
Zum Langenberg 2
49377 Vechta Germany
Contact: Thomas Wilkens
Phone: +49 (0)4441 / 99 97 8-220
Fax: +49 (0)4441 / 99 97 8-8

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