Croatia: New biogas plant towards decentralised energy

The new biogas plant in Varazdin will contribute to Croatia’s EU climate targets.

The new 250 kW biogas plant, constructed on the pig farm owned by Dalibor Vrček, will be running on liquid manure for the production of power, heat and fertilisers, and in that way the farm’s cycle will be closed.

The slurry from almost 3,000 pigs can be stored in an existing upstream slurry store before being pumped into the stainless-steel digester.

The new biogas facility is in line with Croatia’s commission with EU climate protection goals towards obtaining subsidies for decentralised energy projects in rural areas. The intention of the Croatian government is to increase the share of renewable energy by 30% by the year 2030.

Mr Vrček said: “We expect a feed-in of two million kWh a year. Thus, we have created a third solid pillar besides agriculture and feed production as well as pig fattening and direct marketing. “

The project supervisor, Tihomir Pajtak revealed the future plans regarding the biogas production: “Currently, about 20 biomass and biogas plants with a total capacity of more than 21 MW are online – two figures that are bound to grow. Additional plants with a planned capacity of 67 MW have already been approved. The plant capacity is to be doubled within four years. “

Source: Bioenergy Insight

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