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Precise theme tackled by the practice: 
Biogas production and power generation from agro-food processing industry
Objectives of the practice: 
Production of heat to be used in the own processes and electricity to be sold to the grid. The substrate used is own biproducts from the production.
Location
Country: 
Italy
Region or District or Metropolitan Area or Municipality: 
Novaledo (Trento)
Detailed description of the practice
Description of the practice: 
Menz & Gasser is a local company producing juice and jam. It has a wastewater treatment plant; in 2009 the plant was implemented with the biogas section to produce power by using the biogas produced during the fermentation of fruit residues and processing waste. 100.000 t/y of sugary substances are pre-treated in anaerobic conditions and then pumped into the anaerobic fermenter (temperature=34-35°C ). The biogas (CH4 content=58-60%) is stored in a gasholder (located on the AD reactor) and used in a CHP engine (125 kW) to produce power and heat (the heat is spent in the jam industrial process). The incentive for the sale of electricity is 0.280 Euro/kWh. The digestate is sent to composting plants for agricultural use.
Evaluation
Possible demonstrated results: 
The heat produced is used in the own process, the electricity is sold to the grid
Possible success factors: 
The incentive for the sale of electricity is 0,280 Euro/kWh
Contact information: 
Armando Tamanini; armando.tamanini@menz-gasser.it
Other possible interesting information
Website: 
www.menz-gasser.it

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