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Focus on Biogas
April 8, 2009 By L.¯.    
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The government has drafted legislation to encourage the construction of agricultural biogas plants in Poland. Under the draft, energy producers would be paid more than twice as much for every megawatt of renewable energy generated from biogas than companies producing energy from conventional fuels.

Both foreign and domestic businesses are interested in producing energy from biogas. These include large energy groups such as Polska Grupa Energetyczna as well as investment funds and individual farmers. Today Poland has a handful of agricultural biogas plants operated by Danish pork producer Poldanor.

An agricultural biogas plant costs more than zl.10 million to build, experts say. Wind farms of similar capacity are cheaper but take longer to construct. The National Environmental Protection and Water Management Fund, a government agency, will support the development of biogas plants in the country. The economy ministry is working on a program to build about 2,500 biogas plants nationwide. These facilities would create a total of 80,000 to 100,000 jobs in rural areas.

Biogas is a product of fermentation and combustion of agricultural waste.
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