The University of Hohenheim opens its laboratory biogas

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The production of electricity from biomass is currently experiencing a boom comparable to that of wind power. Since August 1er 2004, the law on renewable energies guarantees biogas plant operators 20 cents per kilowatt hour.

Thanks to its new laboratory biogas, the University of Hohenheim (Baden-Württemberg) shows how such facilities will in future be better designed and operated. Biogas facilities produce just 65 megawatts at the end of the millennium. They should produce almost 1000 at the end of next year. And the number of facilities should, after the professional association of biogas (Fachverband Biogas), spend a 2500 4000.

In these installations, the current product is more or less from waste: manure, grass or other plants. "Grace has guaranteed prices during the next twenty years, it is a lucrative business for many farmers," explains Thomas Jungbluth, director of the Institute of Agricultural Technical University of Hohenheim. "Thanks to this laboratory, we experiment and develop a new generation of efficient facilities," explains Hans Oechsner, the
Director of the National Institute of building and agricultural machinery. With 28 reactors, installation can test simultaneously different biomass materials with different devices and processes. The reactors are also filled under control of a machine and
quantity of gas produced is as it is entered automatically by a computer.

contacts:
- Dr.sc.agr. Hans Oechsner - Landesanstalt fur Landwirtschaftliches
Maschinen und Bauwesen - tel: + 49 711 459 2684, Fax: + 49 711 459 2519 -
email :
oechsner@uni-hohenheim.de
Sources: Depeche IDW, Press release of the University of Hohenheim,
06 / 12 / 2004
Editor: Nicolas Condette,
nicolas.condette@diplomatie.gouv.fr


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