German biogas expertise deployed in China

A team of 20 German experts will work on a €70m biogas development and construction project

The German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) has announced it is taking part in a six-year project to develop and build six biogas facilities in China.

The DBFZ, the World Bank and the China University of Petroleum Beijing (CuPb) will take the facilities in Hebei, which is a province surrounding Beijing, forward as part of a €70m project.

The plants are all expected to be up and running by 2021 with a 20 person German team led by Prof Dr Michael Nelles the scientific managing director of the DBFZ leading the development.

He explained the cooperation with the CuPb could become permanent after 2021 as the German industry looks to find places to operate outside Germany, where subsides for biogas projects were cut last year.

He added: "China is a growing market for biogas and we want to play an active role with our extensive expertise."

A mixture of organic waste and manure will be processed at the plants, which are expected to provide power to more than 100,000 households, according to a statement released on 19 August.

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