In Hungary, Germany-based biogas plant constructor Weltec Biopower has broken ground on a biogas plant in Szeged.
With the capacity to generate 1MW of energy, the plant consists of two CHPs with an output of 600kW/h each, which will produce heat and power from pig manure and maize silage. The heat produced will be used to heat office buildings.
Local farmers will supply the material for the plant and in turn will use the leftover digestate as crop fertiliser.
Weltec is building the plant for Zöldforrás Energia, a subsidiary of the Hungarian power supplier Démász. Energy generation is scheduled to begin by the end of 2011.
Hungary is currently home to 12 biogas plant, with a further 40 facilities either in the planning stage or under construction.