Biogas plants have become a natural part of the Czech countryside, with around 600 installations throughout the whole country. In many cases they bring new investments and jobs to regions beyond the industrial zones of large cities, bringing new opportunity to rural areas. A great example of this is the farm of Karel Kuthan in Suchohrdly, a village in South Moravia (CZ).
Karel Kuthan started farming his family property after his academic career as a chemical engineer. The farm grows wheat and rapeseed while breeding pigs. This led him to invest and operate a biogas plant which became an attractive opportunity for a Swedish investor who decided to build one of the most modern greenhouses in Europe close to the farm. The cooperation resulted in the creation of a new company, Bylinky. The greenhouse is supplied with heat and electricity from the biogas plant to grow fresh herbs in plant pots year-round which are then sold in supermarkets. Fresh herbs, whether in pots or cut, are intended for cooking at home and catering facilities.
With the same objective to be as eco-friendly as possible, irrigation is supplied solely by rainwater and bioagents, natural predators, and plant preparations are used to fight pests inside the greenhouse. The availability of a local source of clean energy from the biogas plant has been a central element in the decision to invest for Bylinky owners.