It is planned that five plants will be built in Lugo, and one each in Pontevedra, La Coruna and Asturias, representing Husesolara´s move into the biogas sector in which it intends to have twenty plants within five years. So far, the most advanced is the Lousadela facility (Guntín, Lugo), for which the permitting process has already commenced. It is envisaged that construction of this plant will begin in January 2012.
"Although it appears we have just landed in this field, nothing is further from reality, as we initiated the process of applying for permits to build the first plant back in 2008", explains Juan Valor, a Husesolar executive. In reality, this Valencia-based company began its ventures in the bioenergy sector a year earlier, in 2007, when its biogas team was established to perform a comprehensive study into biogas development in Galicia.
The company has announced that a˛full planning permission has been received for the first of the plants, Lousadela in Guntín (Lugo), and everything is in place to begin constructionˇ. The facility will be the first of eight to be located in Lugo (five in total), Pontevedra, La Coruña and Asturias (one in each province). The plan is that construction of the first plant will begin in January 2012. "The permitting process is at an advanced stage for the remaining facilities, while it is expected that planning permission will be finalised for the other four plants in 2012", says Husesolar.
Cattle slurry, agrifood waste and energy crops
The planning process considers establishing agreements with livestock cooperatives, which will be responsible for project logistics as they will collect slurry from farms and deliver it to the plants. Once the biogas has been obtained, Husesolar will supply fertilizer from the process to the cooperatives. Although the plants are intended primarily for the digestion of cattle slurry, they will also be able to co-digest agrifood waste and energy crops: fats from slaughterhouses, milk fats and whey, flour, corn silage, soybeans, tobacco, etc. It is estimated that each plant will process approximately a hundred tonnes of waste per day.
Each facility will have a capacity of 500 kW, and it is estimated that they will generate enough electricity to power a thousand homes. Each plant is also expected to avoid the emission of 2,232 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum. To drive this business, Husesolar has created a specific division called Thesan Power, based in Galicia, which will be responsible for developing the future installations. The company estimates that around 20 million will be invested in developing the eight plants. In addition, the company reveals that its aim is to roll out twenty plants within five years.
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