Construction start for biogas plant with EnviThan gas upgrading system in China

EnviTec biogas technology impresses in Far East

Lohne, (PresseBox) - The Middle Kingdom invests in "made in Germany" biogas technology: With the contract conclusion between the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and EnviTec Biogas AG, the biogas all-rounder based in Lower Saxony is setting foot on Chinese soil. The state-owned company CSIC, which employs about 300,000 people, is investing in an EnviFarm Classic biogas plant with EnviThan gas upgrading system in Jiyuan, Henan province. The plant will be operated using internally accumulated pig slurry.

Acceptance of EnviThan gas preparation technology is growing

"The signing of the contract is a clear indication of the fact that acceptance of and demand for our gas preparation technology EnviThan is growing in the international market as well", says Roel Slotman, Chief Commercial Officer at EnviTec Biogas. The 500 standard cubic metre plant is constructed in a tried-and-tested container design by the customer under the supervision of EnviTec and should go into operation as soon as this year. "With EnviTec Biogas, we are happy to have recruited a successful international stakeholder in the field of biogas plant construction, who is setting the benchmark for possible new gas upgrading projects with high-quality work and high technological standards", says Jian Hua Wang, General Manager at CSIC.

It is now important to sustainably provide efficient and environmentally friendly biogas plant technology in the Chinese market. The new EnviTec customers were able to assure themselves of the technical expertise of the biogas all-rounder during a visit to the EnviThan gas upgrading plants in Sachsendorf and Köckte. The EnviThan membrane technology developed by EnviTec is primarily distinguished by its efficiency and environmental friendliness, because it makes do without using chemicals, water or other resources. The polymer membranes clean the raw biogas generated in the biogas plants to more than 97 per cent content particularly efficiently. This creates highly clean biomethane, which will be used directly as a fuel in China.

Tremendous biogas potential

The Chinese market offers the best conditions for operating biogas plants. China has roughly 800 million animals, including many pigs, chickens and cattle; manure and slurry is accumulated on keeping them. The tremendous biogas potential should now be increasingly used for generating electricity. The Chinese Government wants to support the construction of 70,000 small and 8,000 large biogas plants by 2015. According to reports by the German Society for International Cooperation (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)), it will be possible to cover almost seven percent of the energy requirement of China with the 290 billion cubic metres of biomass produced annually. "With the business cooperation between CSIC and EnviTec Biogas, we have managed to take the first important step towards developing the tremendous potential for producing environmentally friendly energy in China", concludes Slotman.

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 2012, EnviTec generated revenues of €190.5 million and an EBIT of €1.3 million. The EnviTec Group currently has 371 employees. EnviTec Biogas has been listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange since July 2007.

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