Poland to invest in innovative agricultural biogas plants

Twenty farm-scale biogas plants based on innovative Polish technology, which will allow agricultural substrate management and their conversion into electricity and biomethane will be built under a letter of intent signed at the Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday.

The letter of intent on cooperation to this effect was signed by ORLEN Południe from Poznań, western Poland, active in the production of biofuels and bio components, Poznań University of Life Sciences and the National Support Centre for Agriculture (KOWR), which supervises Poland's largest farms where the biogas plants are to be built.

The implementation of new investments will improve the economic efficiency of companies belonging to KOWR, Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski said at the signing ceremony. It will also serve to increase the competitiveness of Poland's agriculture and contribute to the achievement of climate goals, he added.

According to Deputy Minister of State Assets, Zbigniew Gryglas, this is an important project not only for agriculture but also for the entire economy. "The area of energy, which so far has been 'lying fallow,' will now be developed," he said.

It is estimated that the potential of substrates from Polish agriculture will allow for the production of around 7 bn cubic metres of biogas, one-third of the domestic demand, he noted.