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WELTEC BIOPOWER Wins Two ADBA Industry Awards

Plant Manufacturer honoured for Projects in Colombia and Australia

Biogas plant manufactuer Weltec Biopower received the renowned AD & Biogas Industry Award in two categories at the UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017. An independent expert jury nominated the German biogas plant manufacturer in the category ‘Best international agricultural project’ in recognition of its 800-kW plant in Colombia.

The company also won ‘Best international commercial plant’ for its 1-megawatt-plant in Melbourne, Australia.

Kevin Monson, Sales Manager commented;

“Both projects had their own special challenges and were already very demanding in planning. Therefore, we are delighted that both plants not only work successfully, but have now also been awarded with these prestigious awards. The awards encourage our entire team to continue to develop smart and flexible solutions for our customers“.

Mike Webber, Ann Börries, Carsten Hesselfeld, Kevin Monson (all WELTEC BIOPOWER) & Charlotte Smith (Moderator of the Gala).

The construction of the AD plant for Colombia‘s largest egg producer took place under consideration of the high quality and hygiene requirements of the South American agricultural industry. This was one of the main reasons why investor Juan Felipe Montoya Muñoz had opted for stainless steel tanks from WELTEC BIOPOWER.

Entrepreneurial spirit

Montoya Muñoz owns several poultry farms in Colombia, at which about 3.5 million eggs are produced every day. As the process yields large amounts of dry chicken manure and process water, the 800-kW biogas plant can be operated without using any other substrates. Right from the planning phase, WELTEC BIOPOWER took the investor‘s expansion goals into account and planned and built this agricultural energy plant according to industrial standards.

The experience gained with industrial standards is also useful in other projects. No wonder that WELTEC BIOPOWER reached the final round of the ADBA Industry Awards in the category ‘Best international commercial plant’. WELTEC won the award with a 1-MW biogas plant in Melbourne, Australia. The basis for energy generation is 100 tons of organic waste a day. More than half of this amount will come from cafeterias and restaurants. The rest will comprise fats and oils, brewery and dairy leftovers, fruit and vegetable waste and sludge that will be pumped from the adjacent wastewater treatment plant.

The operator Yarra Valley Water is one of Australia‘s largest water supply and wastewater disposal enterprises and is now able to satisfy its energy needs at the Aurora site from biogas. Besides Yarra Valley Water can fed surplus electricity into the public grid.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, who organised the gala, said;

“Their dedication to enhancing our industry‘s reputation and performance is testament to the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that has built the AD industry“.

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