Round table “The importance and possibilities for biogas heat usage for local society” was held on 13th of March 2020 in Botoš.

Since 2016, 600 kW biogas plant “ Bioelektra” has been operating in Botoš, within the territory of City of Zrenjanin.

Round table was organised by Biogas Association in Serbia, GIZ DKTI Programme “Development of a Sustainable Bioenergy Market in Serbia”, Regional Centre for Socio-Economic Development “Banat” and supported by  City of Zrenjanin and Local Community Botoš.

The model for biogas heat usage for suppling public building and good practice examples were presented to participants on the round table: investors, agricultural workers and representatives from local self-governments Zrenjanin, Kruševac, Aleksinac, Bajina Bašta, Prijepolje, Žitište, Priboj, Čačak, Novi Sad, Nova Crnja and Bačka Palanka. After meeting, participants had opportunity to visit biogas plant “Bioelektra”.

On behalf of the City of Zrenjanin, one of participants on the meeting was assistant of the Mayor Duško Radisic. He emphasized the biogas plant in Botoš presents a chance for rural development. As he had opportunity to participate on the study tour organised within GIZ DKTI Programme, where the German energy villages were visited, he could see benefits of usage of biomass for energy production and its role in rural development.

Zoran Pomoriški, the moderator of the event, manager of the biogas plant “Bioenetra” and a member of Biogas Association Serbia, which gather  representatives of companies involved in production and utilisation of biogas as a renewable energy source, pointed out that for the period of 10 years, 30 biogas plants, mostly within the territory of Vojvodina, in Serbia, were build. Except in Botoš, since 2018 within the territory of middle Banat, in Čestereg, one biogas plant has been operating and additional two biogas plants are under construction. 

“Bioeletra” in Botoš is the fourth biogas plant built in Serbia, with plans to expand its capacities to 1 MWe. Firstly, as a raw material was used silage of rye and maize, as well as waste materials containing organic and organic dry matter. During the decomposition and processing of biomass, two useful energies are generated, electrical and thermal. The generated electricity enters the grid system of Electric Power Industry of Serbia. Regarding the utilisation of generated thermal energy, within GIZ programme, study assessment of possibility for heating seven public buildings in Botoš (kindergarten, school, health centre, police station, fire station, sports hall and hotel) were prepared. This project would revive and restore the hotel in the centre of the village. Moreover, local households could be connected on hot water pipeline 1,300 meters long, placed between biogas plant and  village centre.