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Methane Recovery – Netherlands VERRA


Netherlands Princepeel Project
The proposed project activity is a Combined Heat and Power Plant that will utilise biogas produced by efficiently managing and upgrading the existing manure system and drastically reducing the open storage dwell time of the manure produced.
The main objective of the project is the technical production of biogas using pig manure that otherwise would emit uncontrolled methane emissions into the atmosphere during their storage. Another objective of the project is to mitigate GHG emissions by replacing fossil fuels. Biogas will be used to produce kinetic energy replacing Diesel oil for running combustion motor-powered irrigation pumps, which will be modified for the use of biogas. In a second phase, the waste heat available from the CHP units shall be used for drying processes in a soil
substrate production plant planned to be installed beside the biogas power plant and to heat a hyalinization process for co-ferments originating from food wastes containing meat.

Additionally, renewable energy is produced to be fed in the local power grid.

The biogas plant receives the complete amount of pig manure solely from the own livestock of about 30.000 animals situated in the operators’ stables. These stables are located a few kilometers from the biogas plant.
Without this project, the pig manure would continue to be stored in open storage tanks over 6-9 months before being used as fertiliser for farmlands. The pig manure when kept in open-top basins, tanks or lagoons exposed to the atmosphere will undergo anaerobic fermentation and release greenhouse gases (methane, CO2 and N2O) and produce a bad smell for the neighbourhood. Nitrogen when applied to the fields in excess would contaminate the soil and the groundwater.

Key Metric:

Carbon Emissions Reduction: 114,352 tCO2e project life cycle

VERRA Certified: Project VC00337