A biogas plant on the northern outskirts of Žamberk in East Bohemia sends its heat to Albertinum medical facility specializing in the treatment of lung diseases.

It is probably the first project in the Czech Republic, where biogas station is the direct heat supplier to the hospital as its main source of heat. This is possible thanks to a two kilometers long heat pipeline. The project has been finished in late 2018 and presented to the public with an opening ceremony.

Jiří Marek, Managing Director of the KAVEMA company, introduced the biogas plant that produces biogas from pork and beef slurry, manure, sugar beet, slate and silage, thanks to anaerobic fermentation. This is subsequently used by cogeneration units to produce electrical and thermal energy. Electricity is used in the facility and is supplied also to a pig farm and a brewery. Its surplus goes to the grid. Thermal energy is used for the same purposes, with the difference that surpluses are sent by a heat pipe to Albertinum, replacing natural gas in the hospital’s thermal economy.

To the usefulness of the facility, Jiří Marek said: “The biogas plant has saved us a few times and now continues with good deeds. Thanks to this, we managed to keep the pig breeding in this place. Without this source of energy, pig breeding was economically unsustainable, and without manure treated by the anaerobic digestion residents were no longer willing to tolerate odors from its application. Now when digestate is applied, the smell has dropped significantly and citizens’ complaints have been reduced to a minimum.” This fact was confirmed by the Mayor of Žamberk. The biogas plant helps to stabilize livestock production that is experiencing a period of considerable losses due to fluctuations in prices.

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