MVV partners with three organisations for new biomethane project company in Germany

This is what the biowaste fermentation plant in Meßstetten planned by four partners could look like. (Visualisation: MVV)
This is what the biowaste fermentation plant in Meßstetten planned by four partners could look like. (Visualisation: MVV)
The Mannheim energy company MVV, Reutlinger FairEnergie, Stadtwerke Tübingen and Stadtwerke Balingen have signed a declaration of intent to establish a project company.
The aim of the company is the joint construction, financing and subsequent operation of a biogas processing plant in Meßstetten in the Zollernalb district in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
In addition, the signatories intend to purchase and market the biomethane produced in the joint facility.
The project company will be founded in the first half of 2025, and construction of the biogas processing plant and the associated CO2 recovery is set to begin in the second quarter of 2025.
The construction includes the MVV biowaste fermentation plant as a separate part of the system in which municipal biowaste is fermented.
The raw biogas precursor and liquid and solid fermentation products are obtained as material output. The fermentation products are used in agriculture as well as in landscaping and horticulture.
The raw biogas is refined in the biogas processing plant downstream of this process, in which the partner companies will be involved via the project company.
During refining, the CO2 contained in it is separated and biomethane is obtained.
The subsequent liquefaction makes the CO2 transportable and usable in a variety of ways, for example in the food and chemical industries.
CO2 of fossil origin is substituted. Alternatively, the CO2 can be stored permanently, for example when recycling concrete. In individual cases, this not only saves fossil CO2, but also permanently removes carbon from the atmosphere - creating a CO2 sink.
“The climate-friendly fermentation of regional organic waste is an important contribution to a sustainable circular economy," said Koray Karaadak, commercial managing director of MVV Biogas.
"Biomethane production uses regional resources to produce renewable energy, which benefits the citizens in the region. The planned overall facility is an important regional project that depends on a high level of local acceptance. We are therefore pleased that we were able to gain partners with the signatory companies who have strong regional roots.”
Jens Balcerek, managing director of FairEnergie, said: “As early as 2006, FairEnergie was committed to this sustainable and future-proof form of energy production as part of the Baden-Württemberg bioenergy research platform.
"FairEnergie's participation in the founding of the project company in Meßstetten is now a further clear commitment to sustainable energy production and regional responsibility.
"This extremely meaningful partnership, which we are very pleased about, not only strengthens our position as a regionally anchored company, but also represents our diverse commitment to innovative and sustainable solutions in the field of renewable energies."
This is what the biowaste fermentation plant in Meßstetten planned by four partners could look like. (Visualisation: MVV)

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