The new plant, located in Satu Mare county, has a capacity of 1.5 MW. The electricity generated by the biogas facility is fed into the grid and can thus supply around 4,500 households. Heat from the plant is used for an existing grain dryer and a fish farm.
Funding for the project came from Erste Group Bank AG’s Romanian subsidiary, BCR, which has considerable experience in financing projects in the area of renewable energies.
Also, in addition to Biogest, the local company Schwab Agroprod SRL, which ranks among the largest producers in the region, is also an agricultural partner and shareholder in the biogas plant. Schwab farms 3,000 ha of agricultural land and operates one of the largest grain dryers in Transylvania with a storage capacity of 35,000 t and a drying capacity of 800 t fresh mass/day.
As a renewable source of energy, biogas offers technological, ecological and economic advantages: energy can be generated 365 days a year, at all times of the day and night, and therefore biogas plays an important role in the mix of renewable energy from water, sun and wind. In addition to helping achieve climate protection goals, biogas also helps reduce reliance on energy imports. Decentralised energy generation also guarantees sustainable local development.