Success case on innovative business model for waste valorisation - The Campillos biogas plant

GIESA Agroenergia (Andalusia – Spain) a AGRIFORVALOR project partner

Published on 01-08-2016 12:49:48 by AGRIFORVALOR

CakePHP The Campillos biogas plant is the first agro-industrial anaerobic digestion plant of Andalusia (Spain), one of the regions where the AGRIFORVALOR project focuses on.

The plant, selected as success case under the AGRIFORVALOR project, is operated and has been designed and promoted by GIESA Agroenergia and has recently started up.

The plant has the capacity to transform 65,000 metric tons per year of agricultural waste into 2,200,000 Nm3 of biogas, equivalent to 1,600 kW, and nearly 10,000 metric tons of compost.  This way, the plant (located in one of the areas with highest concentration of swine production in Andalusia) will help solve the problems linked to pig sludge management in the area whilst generating energy from renewable sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions on 13,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Furthermore, the project builds on an innovative business model. Contrary to the most biogas projects that focused on the supply of electricity to the grid, the major source of incomes for the anaerobic digestion plant is the supply of heat to nearby agri-food companies.  To do this, the project has established long-term commercial agreements for waste management and heat supply with private actors nearby the plant. This way, the plant treats the waste generated in a number of farms and food industries in its immediate surroundings, generating through anaerobic digestion biogas that is directly supplied to different farms of PROCAVI, Spanish leader on turkey production, and to a feed factory. The suppliers of the waste and the consumers of the biogas are all located within a radius of 4 km from the anaerobic digestion plant.

The plant has a high relevance at the Spanish level due to the demonstrative character of its innovative business model, its being one of the few biogas plants in the country whose economic profitability does not depend on public subsidies. In this way, the plant aims to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of its model, its being an example for future projects.

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