Serbia: Commission of biogas power plant

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The biogas power plant is located in Novo Milosevo in the northern province of Vojvodina, has an installed capacity of 1.2 MW and is developed by PEPO Energy. Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlovic commissioned the biogas power plant.

The facility will use biomass as the raw material for producing biogas, which is then used for generating electricity and thermal energy. Biomass used at the plant will be pumpkin pulp and grain residue. PEPO Energy is a joint venture of Swiss-based MET Group and local company Arhar. The cost of the project is around 5 million euros. Minister Mihajlovic also announced the construction of additional 73 biogas facilities in Serbia, with a total installed capacity of more than 100 MW.

Serbian agriculture expert Branislav Gulan said last year that over 12.5 million tons of biomass is left unused annually. Of this, northern province of Vojvodina, with 1.7 million hectares, accounts for as much as 9 million tons, or 72 % of the total amount. He pointed out that biomass has great unused potential for energy independence of Serbia, for the reduction of emission of harmful gases and for the employment of a large number of people, both directly and indirectly, in new technologies implemented through renewable energy sources.