MVV Energie and BayWa r.e. launch operations in Barby at second joint biomethane plant
High-efficiency plant in Magdeburger Börde region uses broad mix of substrates
Mannheim-based energy company MVV Energie and Münchener BayWa r.e. have jointly launched operations at a new biomethane production plant. Located in Barby (Salzland District, Saxony-Anhalt), this plant is one of the most modern production sites of its kind. "Biomethane has the potential to play a key role in the energy turnaround", stressed Dr. Hansjörg Roll, Executive Board member at MVV Energie AG. He spoke in favour of continuing to subsidise electricity generated from biomethane at combined heat and power (CHP plants) under the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG). "Biomethane is versatile. It can be fed into the existing natural gas infrastructure and withdrawn anywhere and at any time to generate heating energy and electricity." MVV Energie was also using its shareholdings in a total of four biomethane plants in the Magdeburger Börde region to leverage synergies in terms of substrate procurement and operations.
"By launching operations at the Barby biomethane plant on schedule, we have once again underlined our competence as a quality-driven project developer and general contractor", commented Matthias Taft, Board Member of BayWa AG. "For us, the involvement of local farmers as substrate suppliers represents a major contribution to regional value creation", added Taft. BayWa r.e. and MVV Energie most recently launched operations at the bio-methane plant in Stassfurt, also in the Magdeburger Börde region, and have now main-tained their successful cooperation.
The biomethane plant in Barby can work with a broad mix of raw materials and thus helps to avoid monocultures. The plant ferments around 60,000 tonnes of substrate from more than 20 regional agricultural companies a year in its tanks. This process gives rise to biogas and this is refined at the plant into biomethane of natural gas quality. If used at small, efficient CHP plants, the volume of gas produced at Barby would be sufficient to generate green electricity for 6,000 families. A further total of 1,200 households could cover their heating energy requirements. The long-term partner for purchasing and marketing the bio-natural gas thereby produced is the Munich-based company bmp greengas GmbH.
BayWa r.e. at a glance
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BayWa AG and pools group renewable energy activities. Founded in 2009 and based in Munich, BayWa r.e. acts as the holding company for several companies in the fields of solar energy, wind energy, bioenergy and geothermal energy.
Business activities at BayWa r.e. range from project development and implementation via PV trading through to consulting services. In its service division, BayWa r.e. offers all services required for professional technical plant management, including maintenance, and also offers commercial operations management. Its range of services also includes directly marketing electricity from renewable energies, biomethane trading and selling green electricity and green gas to private and commercial customers. The company has international operations in its core markets of Europe and the USA.
BayWa AG, Munich, is a listed trading and services group with international operations. Its core business segments are Agriculture, Energy and Building Materials and Energy.
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