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Heat Supply of a Vegetable Growing Business

For the vegetable business of Niemöller family in Visbek, Lower Saxony, 2012 was an important year: The greenhouse area for growing tomatoes and cucumbers were expanded by 9,000 m² to a total of 28,000 m². At the same time, a biomethane CHP plant was installed on the premises in order to generate heat for the operation. The fixed energy price ensures high planning security for the business. As early as 2008, a wood chip heater went live. In this way, almost 100 percent of the required energy can be produced from regenerative sources. Moreover, the carbon dioxide from the combustion systems is used to fertilise the plants, as carbon dioxide plays a key role in photosynthesis. In 2013, these achievements were honoured with the TASPO award in the category "Best Energy and Environmental Concept".

Facts and Figures

Start of the heat supply: March 2012
Term: 12 years
CHP plant capacity: 450kW thermal

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