Biofer, a concise overview
As poultry-farmer Jaak Beelen experienced a shortage of electricity to heat his chicken run, he was obliged to install several power generators. Due to the ever increasing cost price of “fuel”, it occurred to him to ferment the dung from his chickens into biogas and then convert this biogas into electricity.
After having travelled to several European countries, by which he was partly inspired, this chicken farmer started designing which gradually resulted in the design of a full automatic biogas installation. The work was launched with the aid of Landbouwkrediet and several partners.
After having worked decently for a few years, the installation ran into problems with the explosion of an engine that had not been properly installed. This led to hard times full of discussions with insurance agencies and changing stockholders.
In the spring of 2007, however, the situation stabilised and Jaak Beelen formed a co-partnership with the Luxembourg group QAT Investments. As a result, the biogasplant could be launched again in 2008.