The Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (German Agency for Renewable Resources – FNR) will provide administrative support for this EU project, which has been designated “DE BIOh Verbiostraw”, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
The project has now officially been launched, following the execution of the grant agreement by Dr. Andreas Schütte, Managing Director of the FNR, and Dr. Oliver Lüdtke, CEO of Verbio AG. It is intended that biomethane produced entirely from straw will be fed-in at the company’s plant in Schwedt in the second half of 2014.
Claus Sauter, CEO of Verbio AG, stated: “This funding is a great honor for our company and an incentive to increase the share of biomethane in the biofuel market. Biomethane is a real all-rounder amongst the renewable sources of energy; it is easy to store and can therefore be deployed at all times irrespective of its point of origin.”
Andreas Schütte added the following: “Theoretically, Germany could use up to 10 million tons of the straw produced each year for energy production without compromising soil fertility, and thus significantly and economically increase the proportion of energy sources represented by renewable energy. The processing of straw into biomethane provides an attractive solution in this regard and does not in any way compete with the production of foodstuffs or animal feed.”
Source: Verbio AG.