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Icelandic Pigs to Power One Thousand Methane Cars

By Iceland Review

The first power plant in Iceland which will use biological waste to produce methane is scheduled to open by the end of next year. The project is estimated to cost between ISK 350 and 400 million (USD 3.1-3.6 million, EUR 2.1-2.4 million).

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The pork producer Stjörnugrís and energy company Metanorka are planning to sign a declaration of intent on using waste from Stjörnugrís’s pork farm at Melar in Melasveit, west Iceland, to produce methane which could power up to 1,000 vehicles, Fréttabladid reports.

Managing director of Stjörnugrís Geir Gunnar Geirsson believes the project is economical. “We will save foreign currency worth at least [ISK] 120 million per year.”

“For making it possible a certain beneficial size needs to be at hand and the pork farm is large enough in this area. There is also room for grain cultivation and at the same time we will solve issues regarding odor pollution and other issues. It is green and profitable in all aspects,” he added.

Click here to read more about biofuel production in Iceland.

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