Panda power to stove French zoo’s biogas project

Beauval Zoo in France is to install an on-site biogas plant to take advantage of the waste produced by some of its residents.

The CHP plant is set to cost around €2.3 million ($3 million) but will heat stables, pens and buildings and also provide the zoo with additional power that could go to the national grid. It is believed the move will save the zoo up to 40% on its gas bill alone.

‘This initiative is a perfect fit in the policy of sustainable development that we have been applying for a long time,’ Delphine Delord, spokeswoman for the zoo, was quoted as saying.

Suppliers of fuel for the plant include two pandas that are currently on loan at the zoo from China.

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