Wabico takes big development steps within energy recovery & recycling
Wabico (Waalwijkse Biomass Combination) in the Netherlands has been functional since 2015 as anaerobic digestion plant. But also as full-scale test site for research and development of recycling technologies of organic waste streams. Composting, water purification and biomethane production from anaerobic digestion are the three main technologies. Years of technology and product development have resulted in proven installations that are applied at customers worldwide. Since the last upgrade, Wabico can supply approximately 10,000 Dutch households with biomethane, for which there is increasing demand.
The successful developments and expansions resulted in 2021 in optimised anaerobic digestion techniques, a monitored water purification and an energy recovery of 1,500 Nm³ of biomethane per hour. The most recent upgrade in 2020 of the new digester, the biogas upgrading and the connection to the nearby ‘Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Waalwijk’ has increased the biomethane capacity to approximately three times the capacity in 2015.
Even during the expansion work, Wabico can continue to run undisturbed for a continuous biomethane supply which is indispensable in the energy transition towards more renewable energy.
“The goal at Wabico is to process the incoming regional organic residual streams in the most efficient way for energy recovery and recovery of other valuable raw materials. With an eye on the future, market demand and how the sustainable energy market is developing, that means continuous innovation. We accomplish this with the internal expertise of our engineers, operators and in good cooperation with local suppliers. We find this local approach important”, says Tjeerd Smit, project developer at HoSt and director of Wabico.