Germany-based biogas plant constructor Weltec Biopower has broken ground on a CHP biogas plant in Szeged, Hungary.

Weltec is building the plant for Zöldforrás Energia, a subsidiary of the Hungarian power supplier Démász, and operation is scheduled to begin by the end of 2011.

With the capacity to generate 1 MW of energy, the plant consists of two CHPs with an output of 600 kW/h each, which will produce heat and power from pig manure and maize silage.

The heat produced will be used to heat office buildings.

Local farmers will supply the material for the plant and in turn will use the leftover digestate as crop fertiliser.

Hungary is currently home to 12 biogas plant, with a further 40 facilities either in the planning stage or under construction. It is also promoting the establishment of biogas plants by means of one-time financial subsidies.

According to the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the subsidies are expected to play a key role in increasing the share of renewable energy in Hungary’s energy consumption to 13% by 2020.

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