Schmack Biogas to build 20 plants in Italy

By Anna Austin
Web exclusive posted Nov. 7, 2008 at 10:25 a.m. CST

German biogas plant supplier Schmack Biogas AG announced Nov. 4 it has signed an agreement with Fri-El Green Power, an Italian operator of renewable energy-generated power plants, to build a 1 megawatt biogas plant.

The plant, which will be located near Rovigo in northeast Italy, is expected to supply electricity to approximately 2,000 homes. In July the companies announced they had signed a 60 million Euros (approximately $78.2 million) agreement to build 20 similar-sized plants. This is the second facility in the partnership.

The first plant, which is located in Codroipo, Italy, has already undergone start-up operations and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2009. According to the company, work on the second site has begun and construction of the plant is expected to begin in January 2009.

A spokeswoman for the company said the feedstock for each plant will vary, depending on what materials are available in the local area. "The majority of the plants, which are already in the planning stages, will operate with a mixture of manure, maize silage and whole plant silage," she said. "The materials will be delivered by farmers in the local area."

All of the plants are slated to be operational by 2011.

The company's subsidiary, Schmack Energie Holding, will operate the plants and market the biogas, electricity and heat generated. According to the company, Schmack has built 221 plants with a combined nominal output of approximately 75 megawatts.