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Biomass

Biomass


Acquisition

In principle, food that can no longer be sold but can still be eaten is donated to food banks free of charge. Biowaste that is no longer suitable for consumption is collected in stores and sent to the central warehouse via an internal cycle for reusable materials.

Technology

Once in the central warehouses, the biomass sent from the stores is compressed using special press or roll-off containers. This method reduces the need for unnecessary transport resources.

Logistics

Where possible, the biomass compressed in the central warehouses is then transported to biogas plants based in the region. Here too, the focus is on achieving optimum transport capacity. This saves time, distance travelled and also CO2.

Utilisation

The biomass supplied is fermented into biogas in the biogas plants. The biogas is processed and fed into the local natural-gas pipeline system, where it becomes available to a great number of end users. GreenCycle puts the biogas that it produces to good use by operating a biogas-powered company car. The CO2 that emerges from the engine combustion process is then used again during the photosynthesis stage of plant growth in order to generate new biomass.

Biomass

Raw materials

In principle, all of the food that is still fit for consumption will be delivered to food banks. Biowaste that has gone off or is no longer suitable for consumption is disposed of using an internal cycle for reusable materials. This biowaste is then collected in stores, centrally compressed and, where possible, delivered to biogas plants in the region.

Fermentation

The biomass supplied is fermented into biogas in the biogas plants.

Utilisation

The biogas obtained is treated and fed into the local natural-gas pipeline system, where it becomes available to a great number of end users. Some of this gas is condensed and used in combustion engines to fuel company cars, for example. This combustion process gives rise to more CO2.

Co2 absorption

The Co2 that emerges from the combustion process is then used during the photosynthesis stage of plant growth to generate new biomass.

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