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Information and interviews on the FABbiogas topic by biogas channel:

·      The greenest brewery in Austria is powered wholly by biogas - video

Thomas Maier on the greenest brewery in Austria is in Göss and is wholly powered by biogas from production waste, such as sediment, starches and sewage. The biogas is partly conveyed to the boilers and partly to the 450kW cogenerator, which also produces the thermal energy that services the industrial process. The biggest challenge was in making sure that the fluctuation of the matrices does not negatively affect the system’s operation. 


·      How to choose the right consulting tool for your system - video

Gunther Pesta on Anaerobic digestion in itself is not a complex technology. The most challenging part is identifying the solutions that suit the peculiarities of each system. Different types of consulting tools are available on the market, from online tools to services by professionals. Pesta illustrates the parameters to be considered for an effective choice.

·      A potential 85 million m3 of methane per year for the Polish food&beverage industry - video 

Anna Pazera on 85 million m3; this is the bio methane production potential originating from industrial waste from the Polish food sector. Despite the slack period the biogas market is going through, there is no lack of will by the food and beverage industries to use their own production waste to generate power and heat. The number of biogas from industrial waste production plants in 2014 were 19 with growth envisaged over the coming years.


  • Technology for treating dairy industry by-products - video

There are two technologies available on the market for treating dairy industry by-products: granular and non-granular. How they work and a practical example are shown here by Erik Draber. 


report available on final conference, 02 September 2015, Brussels, BE

The final conference of the IEE project BIOGAS production from organic waste in the European Food And Beverage industry (FABbiogas), taking place on 2nd of September 2015 in Brussels, gathered over 70 participants coming from 15 countries, including Brazil. Topic of the event attracted policy officers, scientists and other stakeholders representing biogas, waste, environmental industries and public authorities.

 The report is available here

French interview on opportunities of the food and beverage industry

Mister Hubert François, President-Director General of Salins du Midi group, talks about opportunities and challenges for French food companies considering anaerobic digestion as a means of biowaste treatment. (Spoken in French)

watch the video here or by clicking on the headline or the picture

FABbiogas calculator is available

The FABbiogas calculator gives the opportunity to estimate straightforwardly average biogas yields of waste water and by-products emerging form food and beverage industry.

FABbiogas handbook is available

  • fabhandbook web.pdfThe FABbiogas handbook "Biogas production in the Food & Beverage industry" is available here. This handbook is addressed to everyone interested in the topic of biogas production from residues of the Food & Beverage Industry (FAB industry). The following pages provide information on the status of biogas production in Europe, biogas potentials from FAB industry waste, technical solutions and challenges to realize biogas projects and best practice examples on biogas production from FAB industry waste.

IEE project FABbiogas

The European Food and Beverage Industry  (FAB industry) is the second largest manufacturing sector in the EU 27 with a market share of 12.2% in value added terms. This sector generates a turnover of € 917 billion (14,5% of total manufacturing turnover) and employs 4.5 million workers (European Commission, 2009).

 The amount of residues generated in the manufacturing sector (FAB industry) is 5% of total food production (EUROSTAT 2006).

 The ongoing debate related to the Europe 2020 strategy about the availability of sustainable bio-energy resources and the food-or-fuel discussion have revealed

 the urgency of using untapped waste streams to produce energy. Anaerobic digestion of industrial waste provides a promising alternative to standard waste treatment. The motivation behind the project is to further expand supplies and trigger increases in the demand for biogas/bio-methane (CHP units, transport, grid injection) from the organic fraction of Food and Beverage (FAB) industry wastes.

 The EU project FABbiogas (Intelligent Energy Europe) project aspires to change the mindsets of all stakeholders in the waste-to-energy chain by promoting residues from FAB industry as a new and renewable energy source for biogas production. Project outputs will support the diversification of energy sources within FAB companies, leading to wide-spread valorization and efficient integration of FAB residues into energy systems and boosting the realization of a growing number of biogas projects in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and Poland.

  •  Awareness raising events targeting all involved stakeholders will illustrate the high energy potential of FAB waste resulting in increased renewable energy production of 35,000 toe/a and hence, 183,000 t CO2/a saved.
  • Maps depicting existing waste biogas plants and FAB waste streams, including 12 – 18 best practice examples and recommendations how to overcome barrier leading to an expected impact of comprehensive waste stream mobilization from FAB branches.
  •  12 – 18 preliminary feasibility studies will prepare the ground for future projects on implementing the use of FAB waste for sustainable bio-energy production and trigger investments of 7.5 million euros.
  • The establishment of national advisory services on using FAB waste for biogas production will implement extensive biogas expertise in FAB associations becoming sustainable contact points for industry requests about integrating the renewable bio-energy resource FAB waste.
  •  Information compendium (handbook, DVD, IT-tool) for a future standard on efficient use of FAB waste. FABbiogas results comprise the set of tools and guidelines needed for creating a European reference standard on industrial FAB waste usage for bio-energy generation.


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