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Energize Are biogas plants profitable?
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Are biogas plants profitable?

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Biogas plants are beneficial for agriculture, environment and consumers of heat and electricity. It is perfectly acknowledged by the Germans who have been investing in such installations for over a decade. Poland, as the third biggest agricultural area in European Union, has almost perfect raw material base for biogas production. Although this fuel becomes increasingly important in an energy system, the industry still faces multiple obstacles which effectively slow down its development.

Production of agricultural biogas enables the reduction of greenhouse gases which are the result of animal manure decomposition. It is also an important method of waste management for food and industry production. The development of the biogas industry is not only the fulfillment of the priorities of energy and agricultural policies; it also results in new jobs and an increase in revenues from local taxes. Admittedly, the biogas plant itself does not require the employment of numerous staff, but the process of energy crops production can be a long-term source of income for many farms. In addition to this, biogas may be used for both electricity and heat generation. Such installations produce energy constantly, regardless of whether it is sunny or windy.

Agricultural biogas plants are a natural element of arable areas landscape there. Farmers create special cooperatives which not only invest in biogas plant construction, but also derive measurable benefits from the sale of biogas, and have no problems with the disposal of organic waste from their farms. Biogas has multiple uses and it can also be stored. In this respect, it has a significant advantage over other sources of renewable energy.

The third Biogas Forum will be held under the banner of “Profitable biogas plant – how to make money from biogas production” during the fourth International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency expo on 23 – 25 September, 2014 in Warsaw.

Contact Justyna Sułkowska, Reeco, sulkowska@reeco.eu

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