Energy and climate

The initial project phase has clarified how much energy MEC will be able to produce, and how this will benefit the climate. Here are some of the preliminary estimates; allowance needs to be made for possible variations as the project progresses.

Energy

The energy production of the entire facility will exceed the total need for electricity and heating in the Holstebro and Struer municipalities, and therefore energy (derived from purified biogas – so-called sustainable natural gas, and fibre) will be sold within that area. At the same time, the plant will produce one-third of the bioethanol needed in Denmark by 2020.

The overall concept will make up the basic load unit for heating for the two municipalities, and the peak load units are expected to be rebuilt to be able to incinerate the excess fibre, so that the heat supply will be 100% non-fossil.

Climate

The concept reduces the impact on climate by a total of 172 000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

The new incineration technologies planned will enable the facility to collect and utilize the nutrients present in the incinerated elements. This includes collecting large amounts of phosphorus.

In addition the original biogas facility (already in operation) has reduced leaching of nitrate and phosphorus into the ground water by 25 and 75 percent respectively.