Agrargesellschaft Kandelin GmbH Invests Again in WELtec Plants
Two biogas plants of WELtec have been in operation at Agrargesellschaft Kandelin GmbH in Neuendorf and Wüsteney, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, since 2007. The construction of the third biogas plant started in May 2010, and the plant was commissioned in July. The order for the fourth WELtec plant has already been placed, and the approval procedure is under way.
"Back then, we considered the operation of biogas plants to be an opportunity to develop a promising business field in addition to food and feed crop production, pig breeding, and milk and beef cattle production, and to secure jobs for qualified employees", explains Torsten Zahn, Managing Director of the agricultural company. As the same is still true today, the power generation field is being expanded: "At present, biogas is our most profitable line of business, and we would be pitiful businessmen if we failed to boost this area", says Zahn, explaining the reasons for the expansion investments.
The design of the new biogas plants that are integrated in a calf facility in Kandelin is almost identical to that of the existing ones: 500 kW output, a 6,780-ft storage tank, and two fermenters of 70,630 cu ft each. However, the gas-tight final storage unit with a capacity of approximately 158,900 cu ft is new.
"We have always been impressed by the overall concept of WELtec BioPower: while being reduced to the required minimum, the employed technology is of a high quality and installed in a highly functional way: a functional pump block, a sturdy, easy-to-use control, and two dual-fuel engines", says Torsten Zahn. The responsible staff at Agrargesellschaft Kandelin GmbH appreciated the support they received during the start-up phase. "In the start-up phase, we coordinated the increasing feeding (maize silage, pig and cattle manure) and heating of the plant together with the WELtec biologists."
Additionally, WELtec impressed with its use of stainless steel: large fermenters are made of stainless steel, dosing devices are lined with stainless steel, and the entire feed input section and a storage tank are made of stainless steel in order to automate the feeding process to the highest degree possible.
By continually expanding the use of the combined heat and power, the plants are to become even more profitable. Last winter, the milking unit in Neuendorf was connected to the exhaust heat of the combined heat and power plants. About 10 percent of the heat is used there. Though the heat is not yet used in Wüsteney, the pigsty is to be connected soon. For the third plant, the heat pipes are currently being laid, and the office and workshop facilities are to be heated next winter.
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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