Three combined biofertilizer-biogas facilities to be built in North Poland
Poland is moving towards a circular economy as three new biofertilizer-biogas facilities will be built in the Zachodniopomorskie region about 100 km off the coast of the Baltic Sea. The plants are being built by Ductor, a Finnish-Swiss biotechnology company that creates solutions for global food and agricultural challenges and funded by Esperotia Investments Ltd.
The plants will use 100% poultry waste to create two separate products, renewable electricity and organic nitrogen fertilizer. This circular economy model will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both the energy and agriculture sectors. Two of the new plants will have installed capacity of 0.5 MW and the third will be 1 MW. All three will be operational in 2021.
“We opened our first operational biofertilizer-biogas facilities in Mexico at the end of last year and we are now pleased to announce our next European facilities in Poland. These plants will be close to the Baltic Sea where they will decrease the need for coal-based energy, prevent nutrient runoff into the Baltic Sea, and replace chemical fertilizer with recycled nutrients. Strong support from an experienced funding partner and environmentally-oriented local authorities helped make this project possible, and I’m very grateful for that,” Mr. Ari Ketola, Founder and CEO of Ductor, says.
The three facilities will use 50,000 tons or about 1% of the total poultry manure produced in Poland each year. Ductor currently has similar projects underway, including five to ten new facilities in Poland and a solid portfolio of projects under development in Europe and the Americas. Since patenting its system in 2015, Ductor has completed the development and commercialization of its groundbreaking innovation so it can be deployed all over the world.
An urgent need for healthier agriculture
During the last 40 years, over 30% of the world’s arable land has become unproductive. Topsoil is being lost from land areas at a rate 10 to 40 times faster than soil renewal. This imperils future human food security and environmental quality. Ductor’s products slow down this degradation and returns farmland to a healthy, productive state. Ductor’s fermentation technology converts chicken manure into efficient organic fertilizer useful to large-scale farming and biogas in the form of biomethane to replace fossil fuel energy. Healthier soils and ecological farming also contribute to less polluted waters.
“Ductor is committed to increasing agricultural biodiversity, enriching soils, improving watersheds, and enhancing ecosystem services. We need to capture carbon in soil and above-ground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation. Our job is to help nature do its job better by transforming organic waste into carbon-negative fertilizers and renewable energy,” Mr. Ketola says.
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Ductor EMEA: Mr Riku Mäkinen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ductor Communications: Ms. Monika Zumbrummen, email@example.com
Ductor is a global biotech company with an ambition to fight climate change, produce renewable energy, and solve increasing food demand and waste accumulations challenges. We are changing the world through groundbreaking innovation, design, and circular economy. Ductor was founded in 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. Today we operate globally in North America, Europe, and Asia.