Renewable energy plant developer Akuo Energy has confirmed it has put an €87m biomass-fired plant into operation.
In a statement, issued last Friday, the company said France’s ecology and transition minister, Emmanuelle Wargon, had formally declared the plant open.
Wargon said: "What we see here is action, acts in the service of a great ambition. This project is absolutely exemplary... when we see this type of project, we say the energy transition is possible."
About €3m of the plant’s overall cost was raised through a crowdfunding via the AkuoCoop platform, according to the statement.
ENDS has previously reported that Denmark-based Aalborg Energie Technik was building the plant at the Gemdoubs Novillars paper mill.
The biomass facility itself will have a capacity of 20MWe and supply about 63MWth in the form of process steam to the paper mill.
The plant will process waste from the forestry sector within a 50-kilometre radius, according to the statement, which does not appear to give precise feedstock capacities.