Biomethane – natural gas made from manure!
NORD/LB has been supporting the financing of a biomethane plant with installed electrical capacity of 800 kW and a biomethane feed-in capacity of 700 Nm³ per hour.
NORD/LB has been supporting the financing of a biomethane plant with installed electrical capacity of 800 kW and a biomethane feed-in capacity of 700 Nm³ per hour. The system enables a wide range of sustainable raw materials – primarily the cattle manure from a neighbouring dairy farm – to be refined, generating CO2-neutral green electricity and natural-gas-grade biomethane. A special feature of this project is the 1.7km-long manure pipeline that transports 70,000 m³ of manure from 1,000 dairy cows, calves and dry cattle directly from the cowshed to the biomethane plant. This saves the costs and emissions that transporting this valuable substrate would have incurred. It’s an impressive and unparalleled concept.
The Osters & Voß Group is one of Germany’s largest technical agricultural contractors with its regional base in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt. Alongside its core business, which comprises the comprehensive provision of technical agricultural services for agricultural businesses, it also operates in three further economic fields: it has its own haulage business with a state-of-the-art fleet that is constantly expanding. Additionally, it also successfully operates several biomethane plants in collaboration with its customers and partners. It also leverages synergy effects to operate its own agribusinesses in Germany and Poland.
Bavaria’s largest greenhouse
The greenhouse facility that is spread across 19.6 hectares at Gemüsebau Steiner GmbH & Co. KG - a vegetable growing business - is the biggest of its kind so far in Bavaria. Yet, it is not only the size of the facility that is remarkable - all the heating requirements of the facility are covered by a carbon-neutral geothermal spring.
Moreover, there is a sustainable water supply arrangement for the plants in that all the rainwater is collected from the roof surfaces. Furthermore, part of the energy requirement is self-generated with a photovoltaic system. As the vegetables are sold within the region, there are no long transport routes and the costs associated with them are not incurred. NORD/LB is financing this concept together with another business bank.
Light, space and air
NORD/LB financed a modern dairy cattle facility, with a lot of light, space and air for 690 cows, in North Thuringia.
Moreover, the external rotary milking parlour for 50 cows enables an efficient milking routine.
Constructing a biogas plant near the farm, at the same time, made it possible to tap into synergies as the animals supply a significant proportion of the substrates that are required. The biogas plant achieves a power output of 795 kW and also supplies local heating energy consumers.