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Building a Bio-Gas Station in Desov

Summary

EAFRD funds supported the development of a biogas station which converts 10 000 tonnes of bio inputs into around 4 300 MWh of electricity each year and provides a long-term economic diversification option for the farm business.

Background

Biogas production offers a diversification option for rural businesses. This type of project is environmentally sustainable and helps convert agricultural waste problems into profitable sources of renewable energy fuel. Farmers from Dešov have taken advantage of RDP opportunities that help fund such biogas projects.

Objective

The project aimed to provide the beneficiary (ZD Dešov) with a new, alternative, stable, long-term and environmentally friendly source of income.

Main activities

RDP funds were used to co-finance the investments in equipment and infrastructure. The station was constructed on land within the existing farm business and this helped to reduce overall costs. Further savings were achieved by the company’s use of its own labour to prepare the biogas plant’s foundations. A specialist firm constructed the actual gas generation units which are now operational and converting farm waste into green electricity.

Results & Benefits

This project converts 10 000 tonnes of bio inputs (mainly from pig manure, maize and livestock slurry) into around 4 300 MWh of electricity each year and provides a long-term economic diversification option for the farm business. The project also helps provide new income sources for farmers supplying the bio inputs that are converted into gas. Bio-molecular processes that occur during the gas extraction procedure convert the bio-products into biogas plus a good quality compost material.

Lessons learnt

Private sector loan finance is required to ‘bank roll’ the investment stages because the RDP funds are paid retrospectively. “One absolutely critical point right before starting building up the biogas plant was to ensure that we had the proper consent for connecting our electricity to the distribution grid.”

Project location and other information

Desov, Vysocina Region

Region

Vysocina

RDP Territory

Czech Republic

Total project cost (€)

1 852 000

EAFRD contribution (€)

1 056 000

Private contribution (€)

796 000

Contact name

ENRD CP

Languages for contact

Czech

At a glance

Country

Czech Republic

Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers, Producer groups, Public/local authorities, Other

Budget range

> €500 000

Start date:

01/07/2008

End Date:

30/06/2009

Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Rural economic diversification
• 311. Diversification into non-agricultural activities

Keywords:

Bioenergy, Renewable energy, Diversity, Employment, Energy

Last update

13/02/2012