Biofuel plant Biogas Lagada S.A.

Global 100% RE Ukraine and UABIO visited the Biogas Lagada S.A. plant as part of the EU Biomethaverse project


Oleksandr Dombrovskyi, President of MHP Eco Energy, Chairman of the Board of Global 100% RE Ukraine, and Anna Pastukh, lawyer of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, visited one of the demonstration sites in Thessaloniki. They took part in a meeting of project partners to discuss innovative ways to produce biomethane.

The BIOMETHAVERSE project (BIOMETHAne uniVERSE) aims to diversify the technological basis of biomethane production in Europe, increase its economic efficiency and promote the use of biomethane production technologies. To this end, five innovative ways of producing biomethane will be demonstrated in five European countries: France, Greece, Italy, Sweden and Ukraine.

The Greek partner, Center for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), is introducing an innovative method that converts carbon dioxide from biogas into biomethane by reacting it with renewable hydrogen in a catalytic reactor. The plant processes 70,000 tons of animal residues and agro-industrial waste annually, turning them into 4.2 million cubic meters of biogas.

CERTH representatives conducted an intensive and informative tour of the Biogas Lagada S.A. plant for the Ukrainian guests.

About the technology of converting carbon dioxide into biomethane

The biogas is dehydrated and desulfurized, fueling a cogeneration engine that supplies 998 kW of electricity to the grid and 1064 kW of heat in the form of hot water for internal operations.

The resulting digestate is then used as fertilizer on 2,000 hectares of agricultural land.

Ukraine is one of the project’s strategic partners and a demonstration site. The project involves MHP Eco Energy, whose facilities will be used for research, as well as the team of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, whose experts will support the project.

The MHP Eco Energy biogas plant has an installed electrical capacity of 12 MW, produces biogas from 330 tons per day of chicken manure and other agricultural waste, generating 85,000,000 kWh of electricity per year. As of today, the demonstration site has already started its operation.

As a reminder, the project of MHP Eco Energy and the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine won the Innovate Ukraine – Support for Ukraine’s Energy Recovery competition – “Production of advanced biomethane from microalgae grown on the digestate of biogas plants”. The project will combine experiments from the laboratory to the pilot scale, including the cultivation of microalgae in flat panel and tubular photobioreactors. New methods for modeling microalgae cultivation and anaerobic digestion will also be developed for process optimization and feasibility analysis.

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