On 30 October, Denmark will inaugurate what is reportedly the world's largest biogas test plant, located near Viborg, Jutland. The new facility will give research scientists a tool to test how to obtain energy from manure from livestock farming and other forms of biomass. Eva Kjer Hansen, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries says:
"The ambition is that the new biogas plant will help to put Denmark in the global top league in exploitation of energy and nutrients in livestock manure and other forms of biomass."
The biogas plant will be a full-scale research facility which will handle manure from livestock farming. The plant will be highly flexible, enabling individual components to be removed for testing. When the plant is in operation, it will produce 850,000 m3 methane annually, corresponding to the electricity consumption of 800 family homes and heating for 200 houses.
Gunnar Hald Mikkelsen of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus, says: "We expect that the various technological ideas that will be tested at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences' new biogas plant will help make biogas plants of the future more effective and reliable in operation."
The biogas test plant has cost DKK 25 m (USD 4.8 m) and has been supplied by Xergi, a Danish contractor and operator of energy and environmental plants.