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Biogest to build its first agricultural biogas plant in Idaho, US

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Biogest has received its first US order to build an agricultural biogas plant in Idaho, US.

The plant will have a thermal output of 90,000 MMBtu annually and operates on 120,000 tonnes of cow manure per year. During the process, the manure is transformed into a high-quality organic fertiliser.

Martin Schlerka, CEO of Biogest America, said: “The local agriculture in Idaho is vast and impressive, allowing for ample opportunity to utilise alternative energy sources.

“This first project will be a best practice example for our US project pipeline and we can’t wait to show our reference plant to potential clients live.”

Biogas production from animal, agricultural, and food waste is one of the most rapidly-expanding sectors of renewable energy in the US. Federal and State Governments support this development through several programmes, such as the Californian Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which has led to major investments in the construction of biomethane facilities that will become renewable fuel supplies for the transport sector.

“Our first project in the US will combine proven, high-efficiency digestion with the excellent market conditions the US has to offer,” added Biogest America’s CFO, Gregor Vogrin.

“It will also serve as a key reference for future renewable biomethane projects. We look forward to supporting more farms as they diversify their income and embrace renewable energy technology.”