Twenty large Polish agricultural companies will switch their energy supply to their own biogas plants with a subsidy.
The farm-scale installations are based on innovative Polish technology in which agricultural waste is converted into electricity and biomethane. This was announced by the Polish minister of agriculture when signing a covenant on the energy transition on twenty Polish farms.
The implementation of new investments will improve the economic efficiency of the agricultural industry, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski. The switch will also serve to increase the competitiveness of Polish agriculture and contribute to achieving climate goals, he added. The value of the program is at least 113 million euros and the investment return is expected in four to five years.
The twenty biogas plants will be built by the Polish state-owned ORLEN Poludnie from Poznan, Western Poland, which is already active in the production of biofuels and bio-components. This form of energy transition is overseen by Poznan University of Life Sciences and the National Support Center for Agriculture (KOWR).
Earlier this month, EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans (Green Deal) said that Poland is catching up for renewable energy. Poland will receive tens of billions of extra support from the COVID-EU recovery fund to get rid of the (environmentally polluting) coal industry as soon as possible. Frans Timmermans, said Poland could become one of the EU leaders in offshore wind energy.
"Poland is on the right track to become one of the European leaders in the development of offshore wind energy," he said recently during the video conference. Timmermans also pointed out that Poland is not only thinking about wind and solar energy, but that Polish companies are currently preparing hydrogen projects. He also admitted that he also saw “enormous potential in Poland when it comes to biogas”.
The trend to reduce the use of electrical energy from fossil fuels seems increasingly irreversible. But switching the economy completely to renewable energy sources is still a long and expensive process. This cannot be done overnight. More and more scientists see the switch to electricity from biogas-fired power stations, or to biogas, as 'a possible solution' to the energy problem.