Qvidja’s bioenergy facility comprises four units: woodchip-powered heat generation unit, biogas unit, wood gas unit and a biomethanisation unit.
The woodchip-powered heat generation unit produces heat, which is used to heat up the biomethanisation unit, among others. This is where Qvidja’s main product, biomethane, is made. Modern reactors are used to house microbes that, after producing methane for thousands of years in the bog, are now converting carbon dioxide and hydrogen into methane, which can be used as fuel in vehicles. The production and reactor-related sales of biomethane are handled by the Q Power company.
The hydrogen needed by the reactor comes from the coal gas generated in the wood gas unit. The biogas unit can utilise organic waste resulting from farm operations. Organic waste, such as fish waste, also arrives from outside of the farm. The carbon dioxide of biogas is also used as an ingredient in methane production.
microbes are now converting carbon dioxide and hydrogen into methane, which can be used as fuel in vehicles
Qvidja’s main product is biomethane, or biologically manufactured methane, which is made from woodchips, manure and grass available at the farm as well as various by-products created in the municipality, such as fish waste.
Bioenergy company Q Power, which rents land at the farm, handles the production and sales of biomethane. Q Power holds a patent on the unique Finnish invention of biological methane production from carbon dioxide and hydrogen in a reactor, and as a separate process from synthesis gas, or wood gas, by using microbes extracted from bogs.