Earthwork starts at the new EnviTec biogas plant in the Czech Republic

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Source: EnviTec Biogas AG

19 EnviTec biogas plants implemented in the Czech Republic

Lohne -- The Czech Republic is currently the strongest market for EnviTec Biogas in Central and Eastern Europe. Since its entry into the market in 2006, the biogas plant manufacturer from Lower Saxony (Germany) has set up a total of 19 plants with a total electrical output of 14 MW. And now it is adding yet another plant to this group: “With the planning and set-up of a 527 kW biogas plant, we are developing a perfect reference project for interested farmers and thus opening up avenues for further growth potential on site,” says Hendrik van der Tol, Head of EnviTec Biogas Central Europe s.r.o. with headquarters in Velké Meziříčí.

The client of the construction project is an agricultural company, in the central Czech region of South Moravia, with more than 1,500 ha of effective agricultural surface, an affiliated milk production company with 400 cows and a slaughterhouse. The new biogas plant primarily uses renewable raw materials such as maize silage, grass silage, sorghum, grain and liquid manure from cattle as input materials. The resulting heat is then used for heating the agricultural building as well as the slaughterhouse. Therefore, more than 30 percent of the resulting motor heat is used sustainably.

The operator and EnviTec first met during an agricultural trade fair. After the initial exchange of information, they visited a reference plant in the Czech region of Lípa together. There, the future operator was particularly impressed with the efficient plant design. Moreover, EnviTec also managed to score thanks to the smooth technical and administrative processing of the reference plant in Lípa.

The Czech Republic has been supporting green energy by means of biogas plant construction since 2005. At present, there are approx. 360 plants with a total electrical output of 258 MW in the entire Czech Republic –“however, the country has the potential to house about 800 plants,” said van der Tol. The pricing regulations that are still controlled by the government were adapted for 2013 and allow a total bonus of 4,105 CZK/kWh per year for the “Green Bonus System”, i.e. approx. 0.164 euros/kWh, which will cover the costs for combined current and heat generation as well as for the heating of external buildings. Until now, biogas was being used in the Czech Republic primarily for power generation. The processing into bio-methane and supply into the natural gas grid is still a futuristic trend due to the lack of supply-relevant regulations.

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 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 established EnviTec Energy GmbH & Co. KG and its 100% subsidiary EnviTec Stromkontor GmbH & Co. KG, expanding its business operations into the direct marketing of upgraded biomethane as well as the marketing of green electricity and balancing energy. Today, EnviTec Biogas AG is worldwide active in 22 countries. In 2011 EnviTec generated revenues of € 243.9 million and an EBIT of € 10.8 million. The EnviTec Group currently has 489 employees. EnviTec has been listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since July 2007.

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