Research project ORBIT II

Expansion of a highly efficient trickle bed bioreactor and optimization of the methanation plant for commercial industrial use

2nd project meeting of ORBIT II took place in Pfaffenhofen and Schweitenkirchen

On July 14th 2022 the 2nd project meeting within the joint project ORBIT II took place in Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm and Schweitenkirchen. A much welcomed change after 2.5 years of online appointments and voting.

The project meeting was practically rolled up from the back. The project team first met for a tour of the wastewater treatment plant in Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm, part of the Pfaffenhofen municipal utility. In the final year of the project, the sewage treatment plant will be the location for the field test of the expanded methanation plant. Manuel Gamperl from the sewage plant guided the team around the site and explained very clearly how the individual sections and purification stages work. Thus, the ORBIT team was already able to visit the prospective installation site of the plant and gain impressions for the later integration of the plant.

Andreas Herschmann, Chairman of the Board of the B├╝rger-Energie-Genossenschaft (BEG) Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm, provided a short excursion into the history of local energy policy. Climate protection and sustainability have been close to the hearts of Pfaffenhofen’s citizens for years. Since the founding of the BEG, several wind and PV projects have been realized, even though the legal hurdles have become increasingly high in recent years. With methanation and the resulting storage of locally generated renewable electricity, the last piece of the puzzle is now in place to achieve a 100% clean energy supply.

After the lunch break, the projeect team found itself at the site of our project partner H2ydrogen Solutions GmbH in Schweitenkirchen at. Productive discussions followed a briefing on the past developements. The event was concluded with a presentation of the electrolysis module and the production hall of ostermeier H2ydrogen Solutions.

Authors: FENES, Michael Heberl