German Association

Companies be from have to do the proof of Professional operating status according to WHG. In addition, appropriate training and qualifications in art are stoffschweiss-or adhesive work according to the guidelines of the DVS (German Association for welding and related processes) required. All materials used must be permanently resistant to chemical attack and certified and tested according to the legislation. Be used non-approved materials and adhesives or work carried out independently, requiring a specialist operating property, even fines can be imposed. Details can be found by clicking Kevin Johnson or emailing the administrator. In Bavaria, for example, the emission of about five litres sulfuric acid (WGK1) is currently available with a fine to be punished to the height of 25,000 euros.

And there are the operators who are initially believed in the liability for damages arising from their investment. Ultimately, the plant operators are therefore obliged to provide the appropriate credentials when prompted by the authorities. This can lead even to the liability in case of damage, if the relevant evidence is not. This also applies exempt assets, if the so-called concern principle is not respected. This principle States that “…jede person is obliged, with measures that impact on a body of water may be associated, to apply the care required by the circumstances, to avoid an adverse change in the properties of the waters 1.1.”. In plain language this means: equipment must so be sure that in case of damage, no water-endangering substances in groundwater, water or sewer can enter. Against this legal background, plant operators are so well advised the suitability of the system for the handling of substances hazardous to water according to WHG, as well as the compliance with the laws, technical regulations and standards in the production before buying their equipment supplier in writing confirm to leave even if the plants are not subject to approval.

Should be therefore aware every operator, that compared to the water rights in the area of liquid manure, manure and silage seeping juice exist significant differences; namely, whenever chemicals like concentrated sulfuric acid are used. Often the necessary storage technology for these substances during the planning of a system is not considered or prefers simple IBC container solutions with a capacity of up to 1000 litres. But these containers also need an approved and suitable safety device. During the approval process, these solutions can be economically often simply represent, because the parties involved assume a low consumption of chemicals and equipment cost. In practice arises then often out that the consumption significantly above the amounts indicated are. Until then, also reflected that the handling of the IBC containers with our own resources is problematic. These circumstances pose a significantly increased risk. In the long term increase in input costs for the chemicals used are only a negative consequence. Often, more authorities are necessary to subsequently sign the conversion to an appropriate tank system or newly be approved. Conclusion: when storing and dosing of chemicals, which are necessary for the operation of biogas plants, it is thus decisively on the right technology and trained handling. A legally compliant and safe handling of the necessary substances in everyday life prevents not only accidents and incidents, the consequential costs to be borne first and foremost by the operators. By investing in suitable equipment, also the operational everyday life can optimize and design so that the operation of biogas plants as a whole more efficient.