PitPoint clean fuels and Bio Rights BV, an eco-technology company that develops sustainable energy plants, have signed a letter of intent to pursue a strategic partnership to produce biomethane in the Netherlands. The proposed location is the Dutch town of Hardenberg. Under the name “Biobrandstoffabriek Hardenberg” (Biofuels Factory Hardenberg), the new facility will eventually be able to produce 42 million cubic meters of biomethane per year, which is equivalent to the gas requirements of 30,000 households.
The goal is accelerating the production capacity of biofuels made from waste at prices that will be able to compete with those of fossil fuels. Moreover, if the agreement’s objectives are accomplished, the plant could eventually generate as many as 70 new jobs. The innovative production process consists of a number of proven technologies, combined at an industrial scale. The biomethane would be produced by fermenting a mix of processed manure and grass clippings that come from Hardenberg and the surrounding areas.
The Paris Agreement highlights the importance of biomethane for transport, being one of the most effective methods of combating climate change and improving air quality in an affordable way. “In order to meet future demand, it’s essential to invest in the entire supply chain so that we can deliver regionally produced biomethane to our customers”, said Jan Theo Hoefakker, MD Commercial Sales at PitPoint. Since 2014, the international provider of clean fuels is already partnering as co-owner with Dutch waste management company and biomethane producer Meerlanden.
Because of the transition to more responsible energy sources, the demand for biomethane will continue to grow, and the need for scalable and replicable production facilities will increase along with it. “In the future, we expect to set up several factories based on the same concept. This goal is why Bio Rights and PitPoint are so well aligned,” added Wim Obbens from Bio Rights.