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Expansion of Haminan Energia biogas plant in Virolahti at a good pace

There is hustle and bustle at the Haminan Energia biogas plant in Virolahti, Finland, as additional reactors’ installation work is currently under way. In autumn 2016, Haminan Energia’s Board of Directors decided to increase the processing capacity of the biogas plant with two reactors in addition to the three reactors that are currently operating. The plant expansion is provided by BioGTS Ltd.

In addition, Hamina Energia Ltd increases the obtainment of biowaste in order to meet the future biogas needs and eliminate logistics bottlenecks from the production.

The biogas plant’s extension is done in several stages during March – September. Installation work of the first additional reactor is currently underway at the site and the second additional reactor will be delivered to Virolahti during the summer.

Ever since its operational start from the end of 2015, the plant has produced biogas from by-products of food industry, grass silage and municipal waste. At first phase, the processing capacity is 19,500 tons annually, and after the expansion the capacity will increase to 32,500 tons per year. Produced biogas is upgraded to biomethane, while digestate is upgraded to organic fertilizer products. Biogas has been injected to natural gas grid since last year’s February; in addition to that it is used as transportation fuel.

Haminan Energia Ltd.’s fourth biogas reactor installed.

Congratulations to Mustankorkea Ltd. for Environmental Achievement 2016 award

The waste management company Mustankorkea Ltd., which is owned by the municipalities of Jyväskylä, Laukaa and Muurame, has received a significant recognition as the Jyväskylä City Group has awarded Mustankorkea Ltd. with Environmental Achievement 2016 award for the construction of the biogas plant and the promotion of biogas transportation awareness and related positive knowledge. It is a remarkable achievement primarily for Mustankorkea Ltd., but also a pride for BioGTS Ltd., who provided the biogas plant.

According to Pirkko Melville, the chairman and the research and development manager of the resource team of the City of Jyväskylä, persistent work of Mustankorkea regarding the biogas plant creation and the promotion of biogas transportation awareness has not been left unnoticed. Esko Martikainen, the CEO of Mustankorkea, is also pleased with the recognition and biogas related interest. The CEO is glad how the future production of biogas and the distribution of transportation fuel has already been enthusiastically met, and he believes that biogas transportation will increase dramatically along with the refueling stations in Central Finland.

Biogas into cars in August

The construction work of Mustankorkea Ltd.’s biogas plant was started at the Mustankorkea waste management center in the spring of 2016. Now the biogas process is in the start-up phase.  Once the start-up phase of the biogas plant is completed, it will generate non-pollutant domestic transportation fuel, biomethane, that is produced from Central Finland’s food residues and sewage sludge. The remaining digestate and nutrients from biogas process are further processed into fertilizers and soil-improvement medium.

– This is a new and remarkable project for Mustankorkea and the whole Central Finland, and everything is done with the kind of mentality that the end result is of a high quality, says BioGTS project manager Arvo Viertola.

For BioGTS Ltd. the biogas plant delivery to Mustankorkea is an important reference.

Mustankorkea Ltd. biogas plant provided by BioGTS Ltd.

Suupohja Vocational Institute biogas plant video on YouTube

Now you have a great opportunity to see what biogas plant in Suupohja Vocational Institute looks like on BioGTS YouTube channel.

At the end of 2016 in Kauhajoki, Finland, the biogas plant based on the new technology of BioGTS started its operation. Manure from the new cattle shed of Suupohja Vocational Institute, grass silage and potato-based residues are used as plant’s feedstock. The biogas plant’s capacity is about 5,000 tonnes per year. The plant produces approximately 1,900 MWh of biogas annually, which corresponds to 190 passenger cars annual fuel consumption.

The biogas plant located in the area of Suupohja Agricultural Education Institute is utilized in teaching purposes, and the future biogas specialists are trained there. The plant at Suupohja produces transportation gas fuel, and biomethane is also used to produce heat and electricity. The plant was constructed at the BioGTS Ltd site in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Suupohja Vocational Institute’s biogas plant in Kauhajoki, Finland

 

A modern biogas plant from BioGTS Ltd. for Punkalaidun

BioGTS Ltd. is creating a modern biogas plant for Punkalaitumen Bioenergiayhtiö Ltd. with an annual processing capacity of approx. 10,000 tons of agricultural biomasses and biodegradable waste from the food industry.

Punkalaitumen Bioenergiayhtiö Ltd. is having a modern biogas plant that is based on the dry digestion technique built along highway 2, in the Kanteenmaa area of Punkalaidun. The pile-driving work of the biogas plant has just begun in the area.

The biogas plant of Punkalaitumen Bioenergiayhtiö Ltd. is a bioproduct factory in which biomethane intended for industrial and transport use is produced by recycling and upgrading biodegradable waste from agriculture and the food industry, as well as high-quality organic fertilizers for organic cultivation, for example. The processing capacity of the plant of Punkalaitumen Bioenergia Ltd. is around 10,000 tons per year. The modern biogas plant that is based on the dry digestion technique is the most cost-effective way to handle biodegradable waste from agriculture and reduce the emissions resulting from manure treatment. Processing in the biogas plant reduces the methane and odor emissions resulting from animal manure by as much as 90%.

BioGTS Ltd. is creating a modern biogas plant for Punkalaitumen Bioenergiayhtiö Ltd. with an annual processing capacity of approx. 10,000 tons of agricultural biomasses and biodegradable waste from the food industry.

 

The biomethane produced by the Punkalaidun biogas plant will be transported with gas transportation containers for e.g. industrial use and to be utilized as transport fuel.

The investigation work of the biogas plant project has gone on for more than two years at Punkalaidun. Now the project is at the stage that the pile-driving work at the site has begun. The CEO of BioGTS, Mika Rautiainen, sees the Punkalaidun project as a significant opening for other similar biogas plant projects.

“The innovative operating model of Punkalaitumen Bioenergia Ltd. for delivering biomethane to the market will act as an important beacon for many other pending biogas plant projects in Finland. We believe that many biogas plant projects of a comparable type that are outside the gas grid will get going around Finland through this,” Rautiainen says with delight.

BACKGROUND

  • Behind Punkalaitumen Bioenergiayhtiö Ltd., there are around twenty local agricultural entrepreneurs and the municipality of Punkalaidun.
  • BioGTS Ltd. is a Finnish manufacturer of patented and factory-built biogas and biodiesel plants, set up in 2011.
  • The biogas plant technology based on a new technique, developed and patented by BioGTS Ltd., is based on the so-called dry process and is directly suitable for the processing of dry biomass fractions, without the need for added liquid.
  • Plant feedstock: agricultural biomasses and biodegradable waste from the food industry.
  • End products of the plant: upgraded biomethane, which is utilized mainly in industrial use and as a transport fuel, as well as organic fertilizers.
  • The estimated annual production is approx. 7,700 MWh of biogas, which corresponds to the annual fuel requirement of 600-700 gas cars.
  • Construction is under way and the plant is intended to start operation in the first part of 2018.

 

BioGTS listed among the strongest growing companies

A year ago, BioGTS was leading the list of one hundred strongest Finnish growing companies compiled by Kauppalehti. The company’s growth rate has not slowed down since, because, according to Kauppalehti, this year BioGTS is still present on the list on the position 22, and the company is the only representative of biogas plant providers. In 2016, BioGTS Ltd’s turnover was around 11 million euros, which is about twice as much compared to the previous year.

In the beginning of the three year’s review period, the total turnover of one hundred strongest growing companies equalled to 122.9 million euros. In three years time, the total turnover has increased nearly to 1.5 million euros, which is almost a tenfold growth. As the economy improved, Finnish growth-companies have progressed more than before. This is seen from the high-level list compiled by Kauppalehti, which main entry criterion for companies was the presence of nearly 80 percent annual growth. This year, from one hundred strongest growing companies almost every fifth was present on the list last year as well, including BioGTS Ltd (Kauppalehti 1.6.2017).

Kauppalehti’s list is based on the financial statements and editorial inquiries. Among the list’s entry criteria were the fact that a company has operated at least four years, the latest fiscal year has ended in June 2016 or later, last fiscal year’s turnover exceeds 1.7 million euros and has grown from the previous year, and the fact that last fiscal year’s turnover has increased at least twice compared to the financial statements three years ago. The annualized growth of companies included on the list was calculated based on their growth during three years’ time.

BioGTS is still on the list on the position 22, and the company is the only representative of biogas plant providers.

New Mustankorkea biogas plant video on YouTube

Waste has an address – Mustankorkea.

Now you have a great opportunity to see what biogas plant in Mustankorkea looks like on BioGTS YouTube channel.

The new Mustankorkea biogas plant produces environmentally friendly biofuel from Central Finland’s organic waste and sludge from wastewater processing plants. BioGTS is responsible for designing and implementation of the Mustankorkea biogas plant.

Mustankorkea plant’s biogas is clean and local, so fuel can be obtained directly from the neighborhood. The new waste management unit has a positive impact on the lives of people in the area, and it is an important part of Central Finland’s common goals to promote the region as a pioneer in domestic biofuels.

The plant produces about 15,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of biogas per year, which is enough to refuel about 1,500 passenger cars. With biofuel produced in Mustankorkea, passenger cars in Central Finland can drive up to 30,000,000 kilometers per year. Importantly, this way the use of renewable energy and environmentally friendly biogas is promoted.

Outside view of Mustankorkea Oy.

The biogas distribution network in Jyväskylä region broadens

The CEO Esko Martikainen is a satisfied biogas-operated car owner (picture: Piia Aho / Mustankorkea)

Esko Martikainen, CEO of the waste management company Mustankorkea, has been driving around on a biogas-operated car for already half a year. Until 1-2 new public biogas refueling stations will be open in Mustankorkea and city of Jyväskylä, one has to go to Leppävesi Kalmari place in order to tank the car. The satisfied biogas car owner firmly believes in the widespread use of emission-free and clean biogas. By biogas-operated car you can drive around in the same way as by normal car, and refueling is not different from that of petrol-run car.

– Refueling pistol snaps tightly into the car’s filling valve, and tanking process takes as much time as petrol-tank refueling. The refueling time can be used for taking a walk or otherwise for your own pleasure, because everything happens automatically, says Martikainen.

The CEO predicts that biogas-operated car-base in the subregion will increase by around 50-100 passenger cars a year. The growth will also include professional vans and lorries. There is certainly use for exhaustless, odorless and safe energy, confirms Martikainen.

Professional transport becomes biogas carrier

Three garbage trucks of Sihvari, the waste management company operating in Jyväskylä area,  have been managing their important tasks while running on biogas. At the moment, the refueling station next to Mustankorkea biogas plant is still operated by biogas supplied by Gasum for garbage trucks to use. However, from the next autumn onwards biogas fuel will be generated from biowaste that is produced by households in the Jyväskylä region. According to Martikainen, two months of experience concerning biogas-run garbage trucks have been quite encouraging, hence, they would be required also in the future for new territories’ contract tendering. The transfer of professional transport to biogas fuel also encourages private car owners to switch to biogas.

Plan of biogas refueling station (Picture: Mustankorkea)

In summer 2017, Gasum opens a compressed bio- and natural gas (CNG) refueling station to Vaajakoski Kanavuori. The CEO Esko Martikainen welcomes the rise of competition and increase in the amount of refueling stations, and he envisions positive opportunities in this.

The denser and more accessible distribution network we can build, the more courageously people will dare to become biogas car users. At full power, Mustankorkea will produce biogas for approximately 1,000-1,500 drivers. Since in the city there are around 65,000 registered private cars, the number of customers is surely sufficient for everyone in the future, assures Martikainen.

Biogas excitement predicts success

The CEO of Mustankorkea tells about the real enthusiasm towards biogas in the subregion. Inquiries concerning biogas availability are presented to him almost daily. The city of Jyväskylä, the biggest owner of the waste company, has expressed the intent to promote the growth of biogas vehicles. In the future, the vehicles purchased for the city of Jyväskylä will be primarily biogas-operated.

The coverage of the biogas distribution network plays the key role in the creation of biogas ecosystem. BioGTS’s product portfolio includes a biogas upgrading unit which, if desired by customer, can be integrated with a biogas refueling station.

Biogas can now also be obtained at the refueling station of Viitaniemi Transport Park

Strong growth rate continues: BioGTS still in the top fastest growing companies in Central and Eastern Finland

Last year BioGTS received an award for the fastest growing company in the regions of Central Finland, South and North Savo and South and North Karelia. According to the analysis, the growth of BioGTS has been quite rapid. The rapid growth rate has continued, and this year BioGTS was announced the second fastest growing company in Central and Eastern Finland.

According to Kauppalehti, BioGTS Oy’s annualized growth for the past 3 years has equaled to 255.9 %. Last year the company’s turnover was about 11 million euros.

CEO of BioGTS Mika Rautiainen announced: “Thanks to our team, partners and financiers, this growth has been possible”.

“With these people, we actively continue to strive for strong growth,” says development manager Annimari Lehtomäki.

According to Kauppalehti, business development in central and eastern Finland has considerably accelerated compared to previous years. Central Finland was once again announced as the leading growth area, and its average turnover has risen by 5.6 per cent. The productivity of regional businesses has also developed. In 2016, it was 15.8 percent, which is on average better than in the whole country.

The world’s first Bioboksi is going to Qvidja

The world’s first Bioboksi biogas plant is being to Qvidja Kraft Ab, Parainen, owned by the founder of the Baltic Sea Action Group and the Chair of the Board of Cargotec Ltd. Mr. Ilkka Herlin and Ms. Saara Kankaanrinta. The Bioboksi delivered to Herlin is the first biogas plant in its class following the new concept. The Bioboksi concept of BioGTS Ltd. is based on the idea of local fuel where transport fuel is produced at the same place where the refueling of the gas-powered cars take place or where it is injected to the natural gas grid.

Bioboksi, manufactured in Jyväskylä in the factory of BioGTS, is the first biogas plant which will be delivered as a turn-key solution to the site and activated on a plug and play principle. Bioboksi produces gas and a level has been reached in the operation of the gas upgrading unit in the trial run stage that is in accordance with the targets, even before the transferal to the site. According to the Project Manager Ms. Anna Sydänmaa, the tests have gone forward well with regard to Bioboksi.

“The operation of the plant has been optimized and it has been possible to do fine-tuning with regard to the feeding system, automatic feeders and different kinds of feeds. Ramping up the plant to its full capacity will be done under the terms of the biological process. After the installation over a period of about half a year at the Qvidja manor.”

The Bioboksi caravan

The ready to use units are leaving Jyväskylä, Central Finland, with the Bioboksi caravan heading towards Qvidja, Southwest Finland. The reactor, the boiler, the biogas upgrading unit, the monitoring center and the feeder container will be transported as a whole by road freight to their final destination. The mass pumped from inside the reactor, i.e. the so-called inoculum, is transported on interchangeable containers in the same chain from the factory to the Qvidja manor.

When Bioboksi arrives at the site, installation will begin and the inoculum will be pumped back into the reactor. After this, the ramping up of the biological process can be started.

Later in the spring, after gas production has begun, a biogas filling station will also be delivered to the Qvidja manor, which will also be manufactured and tested in Jyväskylä.

Advancing the circular economy

Mr. Ilkka Herlin’s objective is to conduct ground-breaking research to advance the circular economy and to develop emission-free and self-sufficient energy production and nutrient recirculation at Qvidja Kraft Ab. In the Bioboksi project, high-quality nutrient products are developed from the processing residue of the biogas plant, the optimized composition of which helps to improve the condition of the soil and gets the microbes of the soil to make more efficient use of the nutrients.

 

The ready to use units are leaving Seppälänkangas, Jyväskylä, with the Bioboksi caravan heading towards Qvidja.

The factory-made, ready to use, units are leaving Jyväskylä, Central Finland, with the Bioboksi caravan heading towards Qvidja, Southwest Finland.

 

Note. factual error corrected 13. April 2017