The award-winning Energy Park in Düdingen is considered a model for the use of agricultural resources in the energy sector. The plant produces electricity for several hundred households and heat for a pellet factory.
The four promoters - Oskar Schneuwly, Oswald Bäriswyl, Markus Jungo and Hubert Grossrieder - all run their own farms outside Fribourg. They joined forces to open the biogas power plant last year. It uses manure and liquid sewage from 30 farms in the region. The gas produces 2.2 GW of electricity per year which is fed into the local grid and meets the needs of 450 households. The other 2.4 GW per year go towards a factory producing small compressed wood particles which are sold in the region. Photovoltaic panels generate electricity for about 50 households. (Pictures: Rolf Amiet, swissinfo.ch and Düdingen Energy Park)