The VuoGas environment promotes expertise in bioeconomics

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The new biogas plant built at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) facility in Sotkamo is based on dry fermentation and is the first of its kind in Finland. Its feed consists of grass silage cut from fields and yields up to seven times more energy than manure.

An example for the utilization of renewable energy sources

The biogas generated by the plant will be used for heating premises in Sotkamo. In the future, biogas will also be used to fuel cars and tractors. The organic residue from the biogas process will be utilized as fertilizer in crop production, thus replacing the use of chemical fertilizers and cutting down the nutrient emissions to water bodies.

Both research and product development

Its goal is to cooperate closely with enterprises in order to make its expertise available for practical use.

The researchers at the Sotkamo facility are studying the entire biogas production chain, from the field into the tank of the vehicle. Finland offers an abundance of raw material for biogas plants, as the available grassland area totals at least 240,000 hectares. All this is outside of food production.

The yield of one hectare is enough to heat a single-family house or power a car for a full year.

More on the VuoGas biogas plant can be seen from the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqdwNf4NJvA&feature=player_embedded

Within the GREBE project context, the VuoGas promotes expertise in bioeconomics and gives an example for the utilization of renewable energy sources.

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