RWE inaugurates 7.6 MW biomass plant
November 1, 2012, Goch, DE – German energy company RWE announced the startup of a biomass facility that can produce as much as 7.6 megawatts of electricity.
RWE Innogy, through a joint venture with the municipality of Goch in eastern Germany and local food producer Nahr-Engel, inaugurated a biomass-fuel cogeneration plant.
The facility, which uses landscape wood as a fuel source, can provide enough power to meet the energy demands of 11,000 households.
The German energy company said the facility would potentially avoid about 48,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, while producing up to 28 megawatts of thermal energy. Frank Mattat, head of biomass operations for RWE Innogy, said the facility was "largely carbon-neutral" because of the fuel source.
| RWE biomass cogeneration plant in Goch, Germany.
"With a construction period of roughly 18 months, we are absolutely on target," he said. "The plant is a successful example of decentralized combined heat and power production and stands for climate protection and energy efficiency."
RWE said the project represents of investment of around $44 million. Nahr-Engel would use team generated from the facility for the production of potato products.
“The conversion of our steam supply to largely carbon-neutral biomass constitutes a milestone for the sustainable development of our company,” said Johannes Anton van den Boom, Managing Director of Nähr-Engel. “Being a manufacturer of foodstuffs, we take great care along the entire value chain that the required resources are used sparingly. The biomass plant fits in with this understanding of sustainability in practice.”