Finnish cleantech company Biotehdas has started the construction of a new biogas plant in Kuopio, eastern Finland. The EUR 10 million plant is expected to start operating at the beginning of 2014. Biotehdas is part of the Finnish wealth management company Taaleritehdas.
The biogas plant is located close to Kuopio’s Jätekeskus waste processing centre, and will be using different kinds of waste as its raw material, including refinery slurry, separately collected biowaste and retail biowaste, and biodegradable side products from industry. The plant’s annual processing capacity is 60,000 tons of waste and it will produce 34,000 MWh of biogas energy annually – equivalent to the energy consumption of 1500 detached houses.
New law will boost biogas sector
A new law forbidding the dumping of biowaste in landfill sites will come into effect in Finland in 2016, boosting the biogas business in the country. The Kuopio biogas plant will offer a waste sorting service for organic waste, produce natural local energy, and recycle nutrients as fertilizer.
Biotehdas is building a national network of biogas plants in Finland. It already has one biogas plant operating in Huittinen and the third biogas plant is planned for Honkajoki in western Finland. “We will be announcing more new investment locations in the near future,” says Investment Director Tero Luoma, who is responsible for Biotehdas at Taalerintehdas.
The investment capacity of Taalerintehdas’ Biotehdas fund is EUR 70-90 million. The fund includes 200 private Finnish investors who are interested in supporting the development of renewable energy in Finland.