Denmark Approves Sizable Bioenergy Plant

The board of Maabjerg BioEnergy approved the implementation of what is said to be the world’s largest bioenergy plant, to be built in Jutland, Denmark. Construction costs for the plant are estimated at DKK 300 m (USD$48 million), and the European Union has given DKK 28 m (USD$4.5 million) to the project.

Investors include more than 200 Danish farmers, who will also supply manure to the plant, electricity suppliers Vestforsyning and Elsam, and waste company Nomi. The plant, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008, will process slurry from 25,000 animal units and convert it into electricity and heat as well as returning fertilizers to farmers. With its main intent to encourage the use of locally produced energy, neighbors have been told there will be no offensive odors as everything is contained. Other benefits include reduction of phosphorous and nitrogen in the agriculture, a fertilizer with a lot less obnoxious smells, export of the above-mentioned products to areas where they are needed, reduction of CO2 by using biogas as an energy source in the local area, and the use of organic waste from the industrial production of food in the production of biogas. On a yearly basis it will handle 485,000 tons of biomass. Of this, 360,000 tons of manure will come from agriculture. The total yearly production of biogas is anticipated to be 14.5 million cubic meters of biogas. The project is said to have attracted attention both nationally and internationally due to its large size.

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