FÖRKA starts green energy productionBakkafrost’s Förka biogas produces energy from hatchery waste. Photo: Bakkafrost

Bakkafrost’s Förka initiative to generate energy from biological waste from the biggest hatchery in the Faroe Islands is expected to be 1.120 MWh a year, equivalent to the annual electricity use of 225 households.

This month the Förka biogas plant’s specially equipped truck arrived at the Strond hatchery to pick up bio-organic residual waste from the production. The biological waste was transported to Bakkafrost’s Förka biogas plant, where it will be used for production of green energy.

“This is a huge step towards our goal to utilise 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.

Staff at Förka have been preparing equipment to ensure a safe handling of the 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 equipped for transporting biological waste from the Strond hatchery. We have developed a disinfection system for the truck to ensure that no salmon-related diseases are spread when the truck transports the bio-organic manure to the farmers,” explained operations manager Fróði Mortensen.

“When green energy is produced of the biological waste, the leftovers are used for bio-organic manure, which contains valuable nutrients, which are used for manuring in different parts of the country. For agriculture this means reduced consumption of imported fertilisers.”

Fróði Mortensen expects that around 10,000m3 of biological waste will be transported from the hatchery at Strond to Förka each 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 produces energy from cow manure sourced from farms throughout the country.

In November this year, Förka produced 212 MWh, equivalent to the monthly use of 510 households.

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