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Nature Energy began operations in 1979 in Denmark as a municipal natural gas distribution company supplying gas to local households. Around the same time, Denmark recognized that dairy and hog farms were affecting local water resources. The Danish government started a program to encourage the development of large community digester projects to produce biogas from dairy and hog manure as well as food processing waste and food waste. Through this process, Nature Energy and other Danish companies developed the most efficient biogas production technologies available. Nature Energy established its first community biogas facility in 2015, and it is now Denmark’s largest producer of biogas.

The employees who work to develop Nature Energy’s projects in Quebec are based in Quebec. The Quebec team includes 3 agronomists with many years’ experience in Quebec agriculture. Their knowledge of the field is very good.

Energir’s strength lies in its working culture, which encourages partnerships with local players, especially producers and farmers.

The Danish experience enables Nature Energy to develop projects that will work, and that are mindful of the environment in which they operate. The 14 biogas plants in Europe provide the company with an invaluable amount of information enabling it to predict, with great accuracy, the production of gas and digestate for the plants to be built in Quebec.

Farnham is densely populated with farms capable of providing up to 3.7 times the biomass required for the operations of a Nature Energy plant, which makes it an ideal location for a biogas plant. 

In addition to valorizing biomass produced by agriculture and the agri-food industry, Nature Energy’s project represents a large investment that will create over 200 jobs during the plant’s construction phase, and 15 permanent jobs once it is up and running.

Producers can choose to receive digestate in three forms: raw, liquid and solid. The liquid portion will be depleted in phosphorus, while the solid portion will be richer in phosphorus.

Nature Energy is very sensitive to the biosafety of the agricultural companies it will be doing business with in Quebec. In addition to the biosafety practices already in use in Denmark (such as washing trucks after each trip to a farm), a biosafety protocol is currently being put in place, with the help of a veterinarian specializing in this field.

All areas with a potential for odor emission on the plant site are inside buildings or tanks. Air is continuously drawn from these areas and redirected to a filtration system (pre-filter and bio-filter) to neutralize odours.

Also, the digestate that comes out of the plant is much less odorous than manure. So, when it’s spread out in the fields, there’s much less odor emanating, which improves the quality of life of neighbors and local residents.

The production of RNG by biomethanization is not a very noisy process. We estimate that the noise generated by our operations is very low, within the limit set by the Farnham industrial park.