Wednesday, 30 October 2019 12:39

Swedish bioenergy technology helping to mitigate earthquakes in the Netherlands

The Swedish engineering company PetroBio has been commissioned to convert the energy production at the Dutch tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato from natural gas to renewable bio energy

- The extraction of natural gas in the Netherlands has caused the soil to collapse resulting in earthquakes. The situation has become acute and the bioenergy market can be significant in mitigating this trend, says Per Carlsson, Marketing Manager at PetroBio.

Earthquakes and tremors as a result of natural gas extraction in the Dutch city of Groningen, (one of the world's largest gas fields) has led the Dutch government to implement a total gas extraction stop by 2030 as well as introducing a program giving substantial economic incentives to businesses converting from old-style fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The escalating need for more environmentally friendly energy production gives PetroBio a boost in Europe. Not only in the Netherlands, but also in other European countries investing in incentive programs to promote renewable energy.

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-PetroBio's traditional market has been mainly the Nordic countries but since merging with the Belgian biofuel company VYNCKE in January 2018 the opportunities to take market shares in Europe have increased significantly, says Per Carlsson.

Via VYNCKE´s European customer base PetroBio were able to establish contact with the Dutch pellet manufacturer Maartens and the tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato. Maartens is responsible for funding and contracting the entire combustion equipment. The project is partly financed by the Dutch government as part of the incentive program to encourage businesses to switch from combusting natural gas to biofuels. Zonnekreek Tomato also commit to buy energy from Maartens for the next twelve years, energy which is more efficient and more profitable than the one utilized today.

- Greenhouse operations are common in the Netherlands and we are looking to find similar projects together with Maartens, says Per Carlsson.

The plant in Holland is planned to be up and running at the end of 2019.

About PetroBio: Innovative burner technology since 1964. PetroBio is one of the world’s leading companies in flame combustion solutions in the range 2-100MW. PetroBio has taken on the environmental challenge to convert a wide range of fuels (gaseous, liquid and solid) into renewable energy solutions for industrial and commercial usage. Consisting of 35 flame combustion experts, PetroBio delivers burner solutions as well as full turnkey energy projects. The customer service department still services and maintains burners supplied more than 50 years ago. PetroBio is part of the Belgian clean energy technology group VYNCKE since 2018 and the HQ is located in Gothenburg, Sweden. The annual turnover is over € 10 million.

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