Project meeting of STEP at the site of the company ATS - Agro Trading & Solutions in Hardegsen (Photo: DBFZ)

Biogas System studies Strategy development

Project ID 03KB061

BioStrom - Controllable electricity generation with biogas plants

Pilot plant (Photo: University Ingolstadt)


  • 01.06.2011 – 31.10.2014


Technical University Ingolstadt
Institute of new Energy Systems (InES)
Esplanade 10
85049 Ingolstadt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Zörner – project manager
Telephone: +49 (0) 8419 348-2270

Matthias Sonnleitner – former project member

Georg Häring – former project member


03KB061B - UTS Biogastechnik GmbH

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Topic & aim

The aim of the project was to develop a system for the controllable generation of electricity by biogas plants to meet consumer demands. Using simulation calculations and drawing on the experiences gained in a pilot plant, existing biogas plants are to be enabled to act as controllable electricity generators and thus to contribute to increasing efficiency in integrating renewable energies into future electricity supply networks.

Efficient storage technologies are a key requirement in integrating renewable energies efficiently into the electricity supply network. The direct storage of biogas at the biogas plant provides a means of using the energy carrier, biogas, without additional conversion in a controlled way and over staggered intervals of time, thereby enabling biogas plants to take over the function of maintaining security of supply hitherto performed by conventional (peak load) power stations.

The controllable generation of electricity at biogas plants enables more electricity from fluctuating renewable energy producers such as wind and solar energy to be integrated into the electricity supply network, thereby eliminating the need for electricity to be generated by fossil energy carriers. However, to achieve this goal new types of plant concepts are required which are described and tested in the project described.


  • Analysis of the potential of the controllable generation of electricity
  • Development and simulation of concepts and systems for the controllable generation of electricity by biogas plants to meet consumer demands
  • Implementation and verification of a concept for the controllable generation of electricity at an existing biogas plant


Biogas, systems engineering, energy storage facilities, smart grid, simulation, demonstration plant, control energy and peak load


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