As far as technology and cost efficiency are concerned, BioGTS biogas plants are very competitive even in the field of international bio economy. The growth company that was started in a garage has developed its arsenal of skilled workers and patents through persistent work. The workers have created innovations that are already put to use. In Virolahti, for example, biogas is produced in a biogas plant ordered by Haminan Energia Ltd.
BioGTS biogas plants use the newest biogas technology. These solutions are tested in practice in the BioGTS pilot plant, as nearly all technological innovations demand multiple product development cycles that consist of planning, realizing, and testing. Development work has also been made for the plant of Haminan Energia, where final solutions for things like grass input have been found through the work in the field. Although the BioGTS production is based on industrial serial production, customization of the different parts of the plants according to customer needs is an important part of plant delivery with the turnkey principle.
According to Annimari Lehtomäki, the BioGTS Business Development Director, there are countless of variables in putting a biogas plant to use and optimizing the process.
“You don’t make things work at full power just by pressing a button. Along with actual technology, the functioning of plants is based on a biological process that depends on the microbe strain, and because of that, production of biogas needs time to reach full speed. The quality of the inputs we use has an essential effect on how fast the plant reaches its full production capacity”, Lehtomäki says.
In the Haminan Energia biogas plant delivered by BioGTS, the gas is put into the net, and the amount of production keeps growing all the time. Development work has resulted in a cost-effective solution for the challenging input of long-fiver grass mass in the Virolahti plant, and this naturally increases the possibilities to use BioGTS biogas plants in the future.
“We have solved a lot of technological challenges through persistent production development work”, says Development Manager Lehtomäki.
The administration of Haminan Energia has made an investing decision on expanding the biogas plant. Through investing, the overall amount of biogas reactors is supposed to be raised to five from current three, and as processing capacity grows, the production of biogas will also increase significantly. The waste that results as a side-product of the biogas process can be used as organic fertilizer that is spread directly on fields, and that increases the cash flow from the sales.