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Host to build thermal bioenergy plant for Dutch mushroom farm

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Host is to build a large bioenergy facility in the Netherlands, at one of the world’s largest mushroom farms.

The 12.4 MWth (thermal) plant in Ysselsteyn will produce low-emission energy from prunings and wood residues at the Organic Nutrition Centre owned by Sikes Group. The new bioenergy facility will result in greater independence from fossil fuels for the mushroom farm. The energy will be used as heat to dry mushroom compost at the site.

According to Host, there is global demand for this product in the form of pelletised organic fertiliser. Production processes at the farm, such as its sorting lines, will run on the generated electricity, and any remaining green power will be fed back to the grid. The steam, which can be drawn off from the installation, will be used for steam cleaning that has a 'disease-reducing effect' and keeps the mushroom culture healthy.

“Years of preparation, in which Host has been an important cooperation partner, now leads to a triumph,” said Gerard Sikes, director of Sikes Group and the Organic Nutrition Centre. “We are proud of this step towards the realisation of this further increase in sustainability since the founding of Sikes.

“Thanks to the bioenergy plant, sustainable processing and a wider applicability worldwide of the residual flows from our mushroom cultivation is possible in the short term.”

Ivan Derkink, sales engineer at Host, commented: “Our proven technology results in low emissions, and high performance. The application of a flue gas condenser increases the efficiency by 22%, bringing the total efficiency to 110%.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2022.