Energy plant constructor ETW Energietechnik installed the first biogas processing plant in Scherwille, France, last month.
Located on a Rytec plant, it has been in continuous operation since mid-April and is a compact model of the biogas treatment system ETW SmarCycle® PSA developed by ETW.
With a processing capacity of 230 to 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour, this plant model has been specially developed for the French market. Plant manufacturer Rytec from Baden-Baden is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.
Biomethane on the advance
“France is currently one of the most important markets for biomethane plants in Europe,” said Marco Weiss, Managing Director of ETW Energietechnik GmbH. “Biomethane is currently gaining ground in the neighbouring country. Energy experts assume that by 2030 France will be able to cover one third of its gas requirements with biomethane. An essential prerequisite for the implementation, however, is the application of efficient and practice-proven processing technologies.”
“In the recent past we had a strong demand for compact plants in the performance class up to about 500 standard cubic meters of biogas per hour. Together with our French partner GASEO, we have therefore decided to integrate our ETW SmartCycle® technology, already proven on larger systems, into a compact, flexible and energy- efficient container concept,” explained Weiss. “In addition, this technology will enable us to establish ourselves in many other markets with similar development potential. The compact design reduces space requirements and assembly times on the construction site.”
ETW Energietechnik and GASEO are currently building the second plant for the French market at Arcis-sur-Aube in the north eastern French department of Aube. The treatment capacity will be 870 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour from a waste fermentation plant. The biomethane plant will be installed before the end of this year.