Last month, ETW Energietechnik located in Moers, Germany, installed its first biogas processing plant in Scherwiller, France, on a Rytec plant. The plant has been in continuous operation since mid-April.
Courtesy of ETW Energietechnik
This is a compact model of the biogas treatment system ETW SmarCycle® PSA developed by ETW. With a processing capacity of 230 to 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour, this plant model has been specially developed for the French market. Plant manufacturer Rytec is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.
“France is currently one of the most important markets for biomethane plants in Europe,“explained Marco Weiss, Managing Director of ETW Energietechnik GmbH.
Energy experts believe that by 2030 France will be able to cover one third of its gas requirements with biomethane. An essential prerequisite for the implementation, however, is the application of efficient and practice-proven processing technologies.
“In the recent past we had a strong demand for compact plants in the performance class up to about 500 standard cubic meters of biogas per hour. Together with our French partner GASEO, we have therefore decided to integrate our ETW SmartCycle® technology, already proven on larger systems, into a compact, flexible and energy efficient container concept,” said Weiss.
Dr. Oliver Jende, Sales Manager for Biomethane Plants at ETW, added, “While in other systems an increased risk of efficiency losses and plant downtimes can be expected due to the presence of contaminants in the biogas, we can handle these conditions on the basis of our ETW SmarCycle® PSA technology. With more than 150,000 operating hours, our PPE processing systems have a total availability of over 99 percent.”
ETW Energietechnik and GASEO are currently building the second plant for the French market at Arcis-sur-Aube in the northeastern France. Here, the treatment capacity will be 870 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour from a waste fermentation plant. The biomethane plant will be installed before the end of this year.
ETW Energietechnik/GASEO will be present at the Expo Biogaz in Strasbourg from June 6-7, 2018, at booth F 19.