HZI is building its largest biogas upgrading plant in Hungary

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The German subsidiary of Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), HZI BioMethan (HZIB), will build the company’s largest biogas upgrading plant to date in Dunaföldvár, Hungary.

The Irish company ClonBio Group commissioned HZI with the construction of the biomethane plant for the upgrade of 5,000 Nm3/ h input biogas. The processing plant will be built in Europe’s largest grain biorefinery in 2022, which is owned by the ClonBio subsidiary Pannonia Bio.

Located around 90 kilometers south of Budapest, Pannonia Bio processes grain for ethanol production and is home to the largest modern production facility for biofuels in Central Europe. Every year the refinery processes more than a million tons of grain into hundreds of thousands of tons of various protein feeds and concentrates; over 500 million liters of bioethanol; 15,000 tons of corn oil and 15,000 tons of organic fertilizer.

“Our talented employees completed our advanced biogas plant and put it online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are now ready to take this unique asset to the next level with HZI,” said Mark Turley, CEO of ClonBio.

“At ClonBio, we believe that advanced biomethane is the most viable advanced biofuel available on a large scale in Europe, and we believe that fermentation technologies like biogas and ethanol offer almost limitless opportunities for circular economy solutions that have the greatest just transition benefits. We are very proud that Pannonia Bio already supports well over 5,000 jobs in Hungary. “

From 2022, the biogas will be converted to biomethane using amine scrubbing and fed into the local gas network. The gas will then be available to transport and heating customers in Hungary and beyond who want to move away from fossil natural gas.

New software was developed to integrate the gas processing system into the fully automated production plant. Jens Becker, Managing Director of the HZIB, comments: “This means that the system can be completely controlled from the control center of the production facility. That creates interesting opportunities for other refineries. “


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