Slavonian Company Uses Farm Waste to Produce Electricity for Households

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Slavonia, Croatia
Slavonia, Croatia

One Slavonian company has come up with an innovative idea that turns unwanted plant and animal waste, among other things, into something much more than useful for as many as 12000 households…

As Novac writes on the 24th of June, 2020, in Croatia, there are a total of 1230 solar power plants with an installed capacity of 53,434.24 kW and 40 biogas plants with a total installed capacity of 44,722.00 kW, and there are four biogas plants with a total capacity of 5,200.00 kW which aren’t yet connected to the grid.

When it comes to biogas plants, the basis of energy production is primarily in the use of manure from farms, as well as silage and other organic residues, where the decomposition of organic matter produces biogas, whose combustion in a cogeneration plant produces electricity. Therefore, it’s rather logical that a larger number of biogas plants are found as parts of companies in Baranja and Slavonia, where most of the country’s domestic livestock is raised. One Slavonian company that has several biogas plants to its name is the Zito group, Glas Slavonije writes.

According to Ivan Pandurevic, Executive Director of the Investment, Development and IT Department of the Zito Group, the company has a large production and electrical energy has a larger share in total energy consumption.

Our goal is to increase the share of renewable energy sources in all locations of the group in order to reduce our dependence on significant changes in the price of electricity. Thus, the photovoltaic power plant is another source of electricity production in the Zito Group. We convert solar energy into electricity without polluting the environment. In energy conversion, we use the most modern and completely safe equipment available on the market, and we always give preference to Croatian contractors and equipment manufacturers. It’s important to note that we have a peak consumption per day, so we consume the produced electricity when the greatest production need is, for example, for cooling, ventilation, or some other production process,” explained Pandurevic, adding that when it comes to investments made by this Slavonian company, in 2020, they’re primarily focused on rationalising their energy consumption.

“So far, we’ve produced more electricity from renewable energy sources than we’ve consumed. The overall proposal of the investment plan for 2020 at the group level stands at sixty million kuna,” noted Pandurevic, adding that they are currently busy constructing two solar power plants of about 600 kW, and they’re also designing several solar power plants with a total capacity of more than three MW, which contributes to sustainable development and meeting the set goals of the company.

”In addition to the two existing biogas plants – Novi Agrar and Mala Branjevina, the Orlovnjak biogas plant with an installed capacity of 1.7 MW was put into operation back in 2016, and the Klis biogas plant with a capacity of 1.4 MW was put into function in 2018, thus increasing the share of renewable sources of energy in electricity production, which also contributes to the national stability of the electricity system, as well as the implementation of the common European Union (EU) energy policy prescribed by the National Action Plan for RES 2020. Our plants produce almost 45 GWh of electricity per year, which provides electricity for twelve thousand households,” concluded Pandurevic of this forward-thinking Slavonian company.

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