During 2011, Xergi’s French subsidiary, Xergi SAS is scheduled to supply a biogas plant to the French bio-energy company META-BIO Energies.

Recipient firm, META-BIO Energies is based in the town of Bel-Air de Combrée in western France. The biogas plant will be built to process a wide range of different biomasses, which is the primary reason why META-BIO energies chose Xergi as its supplier.

Jean-Paul Chazé, the owner of META-BIO Energies explained the independence of the concept, he said, “The plant will process solid biomass and fats. This means that we will be very flexible as we will not be dependent on deliveries of specific kinds of biomass.”

The new biogas plant will have an annual process capacity of 23,000 tons of biomass, which is expected to originate from the food industry, agriculture and municipal waste.

Facilities for receiving all kinds of biomass will be installed, and the plant will be fitted with a Xergi unit specially designed to homogenise and pasteurise biomass. Energy will be produced using a gas-engine with 1 mw output, corresponding to the energy consumed by approximately 4,000 people. The green electricity will be sold to Electricité de France, while a local company will use the hot water produced when cooling the gas-engine.

The production of green electricity and heat means that the plant will ensure a reduction in annual carbon emissions of 1,400 tons. Moreover, the fertiliser that is produced from the biomass residue will substitute inorganic fertilisers, which are produced using large quantities of fossil fuels.

Construction work began in May and the plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2011. Also worth noting is that French Caisse des Dépôts is participating in the project with an equity of up to 23% of the share capital together with Société Groupe Chazé Environnement.

For Xergi, the agreement with META-BIO Energies represents a major step forward in the company strategy to become a leading supplier of biogas plants in the French market.

“On the French biogas market, focus is aimed at utilising many different kinds of biomass. In competitive terms, we are extremely powerful in this particular field. We have constructed several biogas plants in different countries which, like the French project, are designed to process a wide variety of different biomass types,” explained Xergi CEO, Jørgen Ballermann.

Since 2007, META-BIO Energies has produced high-quality compost and fertiliser products based on biomass received from market gardens. In addition to producing green energy, the flexible biogas plant will also provide the company with an opportunity to develop their range of fertiliser products produced from biomass residue.