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Villa Mercedes Biogas Plant

 Villa Mercedes, Argentina
30,000 pigs eating and producing 1,5 tons of excrement a day
Used to produce 2,4 MWh of electricity. Of which 75% is sold to the energy company
1,400 m of Flexalen 600 installed, of which 900m were installed in 1 day

Clean local energy from pigs & plants

The 30.000 pigs on Villa Mercedes producing 1,5 tons of excrement every day, combined with the farm’s sorghum and maize plant wastes will secure a clean local energy supply for years to come with Thermaflex’ full-proof solution.

Goals

The local energy supplier could only produce 75 kWh, while demand reached 250 kWh. So an increased supply was critical. The production of heat from the cooling system could bring the water to 65°C. Additionally a system was implemented to allow water usage to clean the floors of the pigs as well as the transport sorghum and maize across the entire plant.

Project Process

The bio-digesters process the decomposition of the mixture to produce the biogas, which fuels the internal combustion motor to generate 2.4 mWh. A highly efficient distribution could be secured with Flexalen, so that only 25% of the energy is used in the farm and the rest could be sold to a local electricity company. Because of this success, the biogas plant is being expanded and new barns are in construction. These will be used for breeding the pigs, and widening the local energy supply.

Results

  • 1.400 meters of pipes surrounding the countryside of the plantations were connected,
  • mostly done with the Flexalen twin pipe 63 mm and Flexalen 75 mm.
  • With Flexalen the installers could install 900 meters in one day (twin pipe 450 meters), a significant reduction of the installation time.

“"Flexalen pre-insulated pipe system of Thermaflex has been chosen because of its low thermal conductivity, its easy installation, its reliable welding technique, its great strength and long lifetime."”

Ing. Javier Ramoska

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