Envitec Biogas builds first biogas plant in the USA
Lohne, Germany – With the starting signal for the construction of a biogas plant in the state of New York, EnviTec Biogas AG from the Lower Saxon town of Lohne has now entered the American market for the first time.
"After successfully establishing ourselves over the last ten years all over Europe and India, we are delighted to announce to our customers and partners that we have expanded our business to the USA, setting another milestone in our international expansion", said Roel Slotman, EnviTec Biogas AG executive in charge of sales.
The construction project was contracted by Donald Jensen II, who is the owner of Lawnhurst Farms, LLC, a family-run dairy farm based in Stanley, New York in operation since 1925. "Conditions are almost ideal for the plant", said EnviTec project manager Patrick Dumpe. According to Dumpe, the agriculturally vibrant region around the well-known Finger Lakes is structurally comparable to EnviTec's headquarters in Lower Saxony, making the construction of the plant almost like playing a home game. The base plate for the fermenter, which is the actual centrepiece of the plant, has already been cast, and the containers are to be set starting in mid-July. After start-up, which is planned for the end of December, the plant will boast a power rating of 541 kW. As input materials, the new biogas plant will primarily utilise dairy feed refusals, cow manure and fats.“After evaluating all offers, the know-how and international experience of EnviTec convinced us in the end” says Donald N. Jensen III, junior manager of the farm. He will be trained over the next four weeks on different biogas plants in Germany for his new job as operator of his own biogas plant. Even after the start-up of the plant, the Jensens will continue to receive support from EnviTec Biogas USA Inc., the company's own branch office based in Rochester, New York. "We see ourselves as an all-round provider and plan to look out for our customers before and after the construction of the plant", said Thomas J. Lawson, Technical Director of EnviTec's USA branch office.
The Obama government is pushing the use of renewable energies in America, thereby opening up increasing potential for biogas technology. In the USA, the expansion of the use of biogas in agriculture is being promoted above all by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy in the scope of the AgSTAR programme. The primary goal is to reduce CO² emissions in livestock farming. AgSTAR assumes a potential of approximately 8,200 agricultural businesses that can independently cover their own energy requirements.