The Research Project


Upon completion, commercially available biogas plants are typically dedicated to the selected site for their entire operational lifetime because of the manner in which they are constructed. In practice, changes associated with the supply of raw materials, heat recovery, the operators themselves, etc. often lead to premature failure of the project.

To overcome this problem, there have been attempts to design transportable biogas plants which are able to be relocated without great expense and effort.

Tying in with this idea, the beautiful landscape of the Fichtelgebirge in Arzberg-Bergnersreuth (Bavaria) provided the idyllic setting of a research project for the development, design, manufacture, research and optimization of a modular compact biogas plant using the container design principle.

A project carried out with the participation of priority regional companies to strengthen rural areas and contribute to the maintenance and creation of jobs in the region.

During the operation of the prototype system, the emphasis was on the optimization of the system’s biological processes and technical procedures using 100% agricultural waste materials.

Facts and Figures

A collaborative project for the development, manufacture and research of a modular compact biogas plant

The Project Partners

  • Fickert & Winterling Maschinenbau GmbH
  • Bioenergie Sechsämterland GmbH

Project Start Date: November 2012
Start-up of the Research Facility: August 2014
Funding Program: BayINVENT – Innovative Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency
Funded by: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft und Medien, Energie und Technologie (Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology)
Funding Quota: 50%


Installed Electrical Power: 75 kW
Thermal Output: 90 kW
Household Supply: approx. 175 for electricity, 6 for heating
Fuel Oil Savings: approx. 180 liters per day
CO2 Emissions Savings: 500 tons per year
Savings on Harmful Gas Emissions: approx. 85% of conventional agricultural operations
Production of High Quality Natural Fertilizer: 1,700 tons per year
Savings on Artificial Fertilizers: approx. 75 tons per year
Farm Size: 100 LU (livestock units)