Construction of installation to methanation of stillage stillage together with a cogeneration unit with a capacity of up to 3.6 MWe at the distillery plant in Zbiersk

The project entitled "Construction of installation to methanation of stillage stillage together with a cogeneration unit with a capacity of up to 3.6 MWe at the distillery plant in Zbiersk". Project co-financed by the EEA MF 2014-2021.

Implementation period: 2020-2022

Beneficiary: Grupa AWW Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością Spółka komandytowa

Co-financing: 15 894 090,00 PLN
          including funds from MF EEA: 13 509 976,49 PLN

Purpose of the project:

The aim of the project is to implement an investment consisting in the construction of an installation for methanation of stillage, together with a cogeneration unit with a capacity of 3.493 MWe at the distillery plant in Zbiersk.  The installation will produce electricity and heat in cogeneration.

The installed capacity of the planned cogeneration unit is 3.493 MW of electric energy and 3.948 MW of thermal energy.

The project also aims to:

  • increasing the production of energy from OZE - thanks to the production of methane from the distillery leachate, which is a by-product of the production of ethyl alcohol in the distillery,
  • reduction of primary energy consumption - thanks to energy production in high-efficiency cogeneration,
  • reducing the emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere, including CO2. 

The project implementation will contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency in industry.
The construction of a distillery leachate methanation installation will allow for the implementation of important strategic goals of the region and the country and will satisfy the numerous needs of local residents and investors.

The planned investment project will have a positive impact:

  1. Social, through:
  • creating new jobs,
  • increasing the ecological awareness of the society, inter alia, through the information campaign planned as part of this investment on the impact of the project on the environment,
  • improvement of material and living conditions of the commune - increasing taxes in the commune, thus increasing its investment capacity,
  • increasing the use of renewable energy sources in industry, thus reducing the burden on the plant's production for the environment and residents. 
  1. Economic, through:
  • increasing the commune's revenues from taxes, including property tax,
  • increasing the efficiency and energy efficiency of energy production processes in industry - increasing the combined energy produced,
  • reduction of the cost of energy raw materials - reduction of the demand for energy from coal, energy production from by-products of industrial production of ethyl alcohol,
  • increasing the country's energy security - increasing energy production from distributed sources. 
  1. Environmental, through:
  • potential reduction of emissions of substances harmful to the environment, including dust, SO2, NOx, CH4, NH4, CO2 and dust (emissions avoided compared to energy production from coal),
  • reduction of environmental degradation due to the extraction of fossil fuels - reduction energy demand from coal,
  • energetic use of the by-product of ethanol production, ie the leachate distillery,
  • an increase in the share of energy produced from OZE in the country's energy balance.