New biomethane plant in Stassfurt to make important contribution to successful energy transition
MVV Energie and BayWa r.e. commission a joint facility in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt – State Minister President Dr. Reiner Haseloff: "Building an advanced power supply utility" – requires a reliable political framework.
On Thursday, the Mannheim-based energy company MVV Energie and BayWa r.e., the renewable energy specialist, commissioned a joint biomethane plant in Stassfurt, which is located in the fertile region known as the Magdeburg Börde. "Biomethane can play a key role in the energy system of the future," explained Dr. Georg Müller, the CEO of MVV Energie, at the event attended by the Minister President of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff.
According to Minister President Haseloff, the new biomethane plant in Stassfurt represents an important contribution to sustainable and environmentally responsible energy generation from renewable resources: "It not only contributes to reliable energy provision, but also to the overall success of the energy transition. I thank all involved for their great commitment to building an advanced power supply utility in Saxony-Anhalt."
The Chairman of BayWa r.e.'s Management Board, Matthias Taft, who is also responsible for the BayWa AG Group's energy business, was pleased to be commissioning another renewable energy project in the shape of the Stassfurt biogas plant. He valued the opportunity to celebrate this successful cooperation, together with MVV Energie and the guests present: "The joint venture between BayWa r.e. – a specialist in renewable energy projects and MVV Energie – an experienced energy service provider, proved to be the ideal combination when implementing these plans. Involving local farmers as suppliers of the substrate also makes a major contribution to regional creation of value."
Biomethane is one of the most versatile renewable energy sources, because it can be generated around the clock and is not dependent on wind or insolation. It is suitable for generating both heat and power, and can also be used as a fuel. Before an audience of more than 100 representatives from the worlds of politics, business and various associations, Dr. Müller added that there was great potential for use in the heating market in particular. He also advocated reliable and lasting general conditions.
Together MVV Energie and BayWa r.e. have invested approximately €14 million in the new biomethane plant in Stassfurt, close to the city of Magdeburg. Some 62,000 tonnes of substrate will be fermented into biogas here every year. A broad mix of different types of substrate is used to avoid creating agricultural mono-cultures. In addition to maize and sugar beet, the plant processes green waste, winter crops and manure. The biogas produced by the fermentation process is upgraded into biomethane of natural gas quality. By using it to power decentralised combined heat and power units, the amount of gas produced in Stassfurt can be used to provide green electricity for 6000 families. It will also meet the heat demand of 1200 households. More than 20 agricultural enterprises large and small from around the region provide the necessary substrate. Long term partner for trading the bio natural gas is Munich-based bmp greengas GmbH.
MVV Energie AG is one of Germany's leading energy companies and is listed on the stock market. With head office in Mannheim, the Group is committed to sustainable growth in the renewable energy sector, improving energy efficiency and combined heat and power generation. Their focus is on intelligent, powerful networks, professional, futureproof products and services as well as innovative business models. Everything we do is centred around the needs and expectations of our customers. This is how we best use our pioneering status to continue to shape the transformation of our energy systems in future. With around 5200 employees, we generated a turnover of €3.7 billion in the 2013/14 financial year.
MVV Energie is based in Germany's Rhine-Neckar region, a powerful and highly dynamic business location.
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (BayWa r.e.):
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of BayWa AG, is responsible for the BayWa Group's renewable energy business. BayWa r.e. was founded in 2009 and is based in Munich. It acts as a holding company for various business interests in the areas of solar energy, wind power, bio-energy and geothermal energy.
BayWa r.e.'s business activities range from project development and realisation to PV trade and consultation services. The company covers the entire spectrum of technical plant support services, including maintenance. It can also undertake the commercial operations management of plants. The range of services further includes energy trading of electricity from renewable sources, trading in biomethane, as well as the sale of green electricity and eco gas to private and commercial customers. The company has an international focus with its core markets in Europe and the USA.
BayWa AG, also based in Munich, is a listed trading company with an international focus. Core business sectors include agriculture, energy and construction.