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Precise theme tackled by the practice: 
Production of electricity and heat from animal manure
Objectives of the practice: 
Reduction of green house gases from fossil fuels and manure by the production of biogas for heat and electricity to replace fossil fuels.
Location
Country: 
Estonia
Region or District or Metropolitan Area or Municipality: 
Aravete
Detailed description of the practice
Description of the practice: 
Local farm Aravete Agro OÜ and energy company Baltic Biogas OÜ founded in Aravete a joint venture for the production of biogas. The main raw material for the biogas station is the solid and liquid cattle manure, which comes from the sheds of Aravete Agro. The biogas is used for electricity and heat production, capacity of the station is 1.4-1.6 MW-s. Electricity is sold to the grid, but the heat is intended to be used for drying grain during the summer period and for heating of the small town named Aravete (population: 1000 inhabitants) which is located near the biogas plant.
Evaluation
Possible demonstrated results: 
Electricity sold to the grid. The heat is to be used for heating of the town Aravete and also to dry grain in the summer.
Lessons learnt from the practice: 
In this practice are several positive aspects. The digestate from the biogas process will be used as fertilizer for grain production in Aravete Agro OÜ. The heat from electricity production will be used for drying of grain (the usage of fossil fuels will be decreased and thereby the emissions of CO2 as well). In recent years the hetaing costs of local town Aaravete are constantly increasing, then the usage of biogas for producing of heat allows to ensure stable and reasonable heating costs in the future. The green electricity produced are environmentally friendly and is in line with the 20 20 20 goals.
Contact information: 
Henry Uljas; henry.uljas@balticbiogas.ee
Other possible interesting information
Website: 
www.balticbiogas.ee
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