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Bakkafrost starts production of green energy from hatchery waste

Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Bakkafrost-owned biogas plant, FÖRKA, started the production of green energy from bio-organic residual waste from the Bakkafrost’s Strond hatchery.

“This is a huge step towards our goal to utilize all material from our salmon production. We are privileged to be among the first movers in the Faroe Islands to use biological waste to produce green energy,” said Rógvi Jacobsen, operations manager at the Strond hatchery.

Recently, the employees at FÖRKA have been preparing different equipment to ensure safe handling of biological waste. A disinfection system has been developed for the truck to make it capable of transporting bio-organic manure. “At FÖRKA, we have a truck that is special equipped for transporting biological waste from the Strond hatchery to FÖRKA. We have developed a disinfection system to disinfect the truck to ensure that no salmon-related diseases are spread when the truck transports the bio-organic manure to the farmers. When green energy is produced from biological waste, the leftovers are used for bio-organic manure, which contains valuable nutrients. For agriculture this means reduced consumption of imported fertilizers,” said Fróði Mortensen, operations manager at FÖRKA.

Mortensen expects that around 10,000 m3 of biological waste will be transported from the Strond hatchery to FÖRKA a year. The total annual production will be 1,120 MWh, equivalent to the annual electricity use of 225 households. Besides producing energy of the biological waste of the farming operations of Bakkafrost, FÖRKA also produces energy from cow manure from farms throughout the country.

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