Lohne -- The recently opened laboratory of EnviTec Biogas Italia S.r.l. in Verona now offers state-of-the-art equipment for accurate analyses. The 80 square meter laboratory, which is operated by two EnviTec biologists, completes the service offer of the Biogas-Allrounder in Italy.
“Each hour of operational failure of a biogas plant means a considerable loss of revenue for the operator. Hence our entire service management is focused on reducing the failure times to a minimum”, explains Martin Brinkmann, Managing Director of EnviTec Service. The 90,000 euro investment in an independent laboratory offers the customers an efficient and, most importantly, a fast analysis: within hours, the biologists have the initial results of a test ready. Thanks to the use of automated technology, it is now possible for the EnviTec service experts to examine a large number of tests in parallel.
Smooth cooperation between service partner and operator
Regular examination of substrates and fermented substrates is essential for the biological long-term support of the running operation. “Fermentation is a natural process which frequently has many variations – no two biogas plants are the same”, says Clemens Willenborg, department head of the biological service. Variations are possible depending on the input type, quantity and quality, and can be detected in time by means of various parameters, so that the necessary countermeasures for a longer disruption in gas production can be taken.
In addition to the scientific laboratory analyses, biological support from the biogas plants depends on a smooth cooperation between the service partners and operators. The best mix, reports Brinkmann from practical experience, is a precise observation of the biology as well as the exchange of ideas and suggestions. Along with a routine analysis and the evaluation of operational data, including optimisation suggestions with regard to feeding, use of substrate and basic technical settings, EnviTec is now able to undertake studies thanks to the laboratory operations. “The cooperation with research institutes helps us to further optimise the applications”, Willenborg explains further.
Altogether, the operators of around half of the 47 biogas plants built by EnviTec in Italy are using the service of EnviTec Biogas. “But also external plant operators can use our service”, says Brinkmann. “The introduction of our laboratory will surely interest plant operators at the upcoming Bioenergy Italy fair in Cremona”, estimates the managing director.
About EnviTec Biogas AG
EnviTec Biogas AG covers the entire value chain for the production of biogas, including the planning and turnkey construction of biogas plants and biogas upgrading plants as well as their commissioning. The company takes charge of biological and technical services on demand and also offers full plant and operational management. In addition, EnviTec also operates its own biogas plants. In 2011, EnviTec Biogas along with EnviTec Energy GmbH & Co. KG and its 100% subsidiary EnviTec Stromkontor GmbH & Co. KG expanded its business operations into the direct marketing of upgraded biomethane as well as the marketing of green electricity and balancing energy. EnviTec Biogas AG currently operates in 20 countries. In 2013, EnviTec generated revenues of €148.8 million and an EBIT of €2.4 million. The EnviTec Group currently has around 350 employees. EnviTec Biogas has been listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange since July 2007.