Netherlands: “Cooperation determines success”

In spite of the fact that more and more people in the anaerobic digestion business drop out due to lack of income, some entrepreneurs still believe in the application. In many of the cases of companies that are successful, it is usually a cooperative venture between several involved parties. This is probably the reason the design for a new large Anaerobic digestion and regenerative thermal oxidiser in the Dutch province of Zeeland is the result of exactly such a cooperation.

Grower Anne Douwe van der Zee is working together with four other farmers and a tomato grower to realize a large biomass power plant in Rilland. The initiators of the ‘Green Gate’ plan mean to convert residuals from the food industry, onion peels, potato waste and compost into biogas.

“It’s all about the right mixture of ingredients that determines the outcome of the project,” states Anne Douwe. “It’s the cooperation that is the key.”

Another intended collaboration is that with the government. The project receives funding in the context of national sustainable energy programs. With it, the initiators expect building will commence next year.

advanderzee@groenepoort.nl

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