GERMANY, Vechta. In the summer of 2020, the German plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower will start building a biogas plant in Veria, northern Greece. The main investor and operator of the project is one of the largest abattoirs for cattle and pigs in Greece.
The 500-kW plant – which Weltec has planned in collaboration with its Greek partner Tetoros Machinery in Megara – is set to go live as early as mid-November 2020. For many years, a lot of animal waste has accumulated in the north of Greece. According to the Greek research institute CRES, the waste from animal husbandry and slaughtering throughout Greece amounts to 17.5 mill. t/year. This corresponds to a potential biogas capacity of approximately 370 MW. The capacity currently installed in Greece is only about 83 MW.The new plant in Veria will make use part of these resources for the generation of energy. The anaerobic digestion process will mainly use cattle manure and meat processing leftovers.
Apart from these substrates, the 4,903-m³ stainless-steel digester will also be fed with production wastewater and fats. The input substances will come from the operator‘s own abattoir and farms as well as from farmers in the vicinity. The highly efficient digestion will start with a customised input process.
Meanwhile, Greek investors are looking for such custom-tailored plants in order to make profitable and climate-neutral use of the wide variety of raw materials. In the coming decade, Greece will invest some € 9 bn. in such plants. During this period, the installed biogas and biomass utilisation capacity is expected to triple.