One of Europe's most bold biogas from wastewater projects has been switched on in Budapest by ENER-G.
The UK clean technology company's Hungarian subsidiary ENER-G Energia Technologia Zrt. Has designed and constructed this 2.6 million renewable power centre at the Budapest wastewater treatment plant in Csepel.
It will be part of the Living Danube programme, which is Europe's biggest environmental investment currently in development.
The plant will increase the quantity of biologically treated wastewater in Budapest to 95% by 2010 treating a standard 350,000 m3 / day waste water from almost all of Buda and part of Pest, serving roughly 1,000,000 folks.
It'll meet high environmental standards, achieving nought emissions and no odours outside of the site borders.
It'll supply up to 4.5MWe of renewable (replaceable) electricity to the site which means that it gives over 50% of the plant's total electricity consumption. This is comparable in output of eight giant air turbines. ]
The maximum 8.5MW heat generated by the mixed heat and power ( CHP ) unit is exploited in the digester process consuming 563m3 / h biogas per unit. The Budapest wastewater treatment plant is a clear illustration of how effective anaerobic digestion is as a commercial and environmental solution for sizeable projects like this, related Balazs Marialigeti, Director of ENER-G.
It is very fulfilling to be concerned in this revolutionary venture and we are looking forward enthusiastically to full commissioning in Sep 2010. Anaerobic digestion ( AD ) transforms organic waste material into energy and is a definite winning technology that delivers important commercial benefits, while helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Digestion plants produce a biogas that has high methane content of 50-70 percent. This otherwise environmentally damaging gas is a rich fuel that may drive a CHP unit to generate both heat and electricity.
The heat may be employed in the digestion plant alongside for heating in close by buildings, while the replaceable electricity can be sold at premium rates.
ENER-G has substantial experience of building, operating and financing major biogas projects across Europe and the company is expanding its team of specialist engineers to meet increasing demand for methane-rich biogas projects , for example AD.
For more information visit ENER-G's web site.