The world’s first Biobox biogas facility shall be built at a farm owned by Ilkka Herlin and Saara Kankaanrinta. Vesa Huotari is testing Herlin’s Bioboksi at the BioGTS factory.
“For these facilities, there has been considerable development in things like this feeding system,” says Huotari while he works. Technician Vesa Huotari is shoveling hay soaked by the autumn rain into the hungry mouth of the Bioboksi with a pitchfork.
“Now you can feed even this kind of long-strawed, moist stuff into the facility without having to worry,” Huotari compliments and keeps on shoveling.
Based on new biogas technology, the BioGTS biogas facilities have previously faced challenges in feeding masses of long-fibered grass, but thanks to the development work at the pilot facility, these challenges have been overcome.
The BioGTS factory is currently producing a Bioboksi biogas facility ordered by Ilkka Herlin, founder of the Baltic Sea Action Group and chairman of the board of Cargotec Ltd. The Bioboksi that shall be delivered to Herlin is the first biogas facility based on the new concept of its kind.
The Bioboksi biogas facility system combines a small, commercial-scale biogas facility, a biogas-refining unit and a traffic biomethane fueling point into one compact whole. The Bioboksi facility utilizes things like grass and dry cow manure for producing energy for the farm’s own use. The processing waste of the biogas facility shall be refined into high-quality nutrient products whose optimized consistency helps improve the soil and allows the microbes in it to better utilize the nutrients.
Herlin’s Biobox has been entirely finished, and is currently being tested at the factory. Once ready for use, the Bioboksi shall be shipped to Parainen in the winter.