Microferm Manure Digester is a Great Success: Five under Construction in the Netherlands
The Microferm manure digestion installations of HoSt in collaboration with Jumpstart of Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina are a great success. HoSt is currently realizing the popular mono-manure digester at five different dairy farms in the Netherlands. The Microferm produces biomethane (green gas) from manure via anaerobic digestion and biogas upgrading, which generates extra income for the dairy farmer. In addition, mono-manure digestion ensures a strong reduction of methane and nitrogen emissions.
The Netherlands will soon have fifteen Microferms, of which two-thirds with a total biomethane production of approximately 3.2 million cubic meters (Nm3) per year. The rest produce green electricity and heat with a CHP. The five new Microferms are being built at dairy farms in Blokzijl (Overijssel), Boornbergum (Friesland), Lekkum (Leeuwarden), Ell (Limburg) and Achtmaal (Brabant). The installations produce 40 Nm3 of biomethane per hour from 12,000 to 16,000 tons of manure per year. The annual capacity is 320,000 Nm3 of biomethane that is suitable for distribution via any existing or new (natural) gas network. Thanks to one Microferm, approx. 240 households can heat and cook with the sustainable natural gas substitute all year round.
Microferm manure digestion with Jumpstart
HoSt works together with the Jumpstart cooperative, an initiative of dairy company FrieslandCampina. Within FrieslandCampina’s Jumpstart initiative, HoSt is a qualified supplier of the Microferm mono-manure digester with a biomethane system. The Microferms under construction, and the two recently realized Microferms in the Dutch Koudum and Merselo, are Jumpstart projects. This collaboration facilitates the development of profitable manure digestion at dairy farmers for the production of sustainable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gases on the dairy farm and in the sector. In 2018, HoSt signed the first Jumpstart Microferm project. This biogas plant successfully produces sustainable gas in Merselo in the Dutch province Limburg.