Tuero grows with a new biogas plant
The factory, which involves an investment of 5 million euros and will generate ten direct jobs, will produce biogas, organic fertilizer and vehicular gas.
Palencia. Although Tuero was born more than 20 years ago in Zamora, it is part of the industrial landscape of Venta de Baños (Palencia) since 2005, offering companies and institutions sustainable alternatives for the management of waste or by-products, revaluing them and granting them a second life, turning them into raw material for other processes, and replacing its impact with economic and environmental benefits.
So far, Tuero’s business has been focused on the valorization of food by-products that cannot be used for human consumption and, therefore, need to be treated to become suitable to produce animal feed. In this manner, in the facilities that Tuero owns in the industrial park of Venta de Baños (Palencia), by-products of food factories are reused (such as bread crusts, broken cookies or with damaged packaging, food dough that does not meet the quality or image requirements, among many other examples)to make a flour, which later serves as raw material for the production of the animal feed.
Tuero currently allows that 82,000 tons of food byproducts don’t go directly to garbage dumps, which also involves am estimated average of savings os 300,000 euros per year for production companies, since they don’t have to pay the treatment costs of this type of waste and generate an income. Jorge Montero, General Director and partner of Tuero, emphasizes that flour made in Tuero has a high nutritional value and it’s a cheaper alternative to the use of noble raw materials such as wheat, sugar, etc. in the production of animal feed.
The objective of Tuero is to get zero waste in the landfill and create an alternative that provides value to its customers. From this point of view, Tuero has proposed to take advantage of waste such as sewage sludge from the agro-food industry, organic waste of slaughterhouses, such as blood or viscera, or plant waste that is not destined to produce food.
And what does it want to allocate all this waste that until now only had as destination the landfill and posed a strong management problem for the companies that generate them? To produce biogas, on the one hand, and organic fertilizer, on the other, with a new biogas plant in the industrial estate of Venta de Baños (Palencia).
This biogas plant represents an investment of close to 5 million euros and will be located close to its current facilities. It will be destined to the production of biogas and organic fertilizer through a process of anaerobic digestion of organic waste and by-products.
Tuero estimates an important environmental benefit from the beginning of the activity, since shipments to landfills or waste treatment centers will be reduced by 30,000 tons per year, which will also be translated into a notable decrease in emissions to the atmosphere.
Thus, the company expects to obtain benefits not only for the possible sale of the biogas or fertilizer produced, but also for the savings in self-consumption of energy. Biogas is expected to be used to supply the fuel needs of manufacturing companies, as well as its use in the facilities of the Tuero plant dedicated to the production of flour for animal feed. Tuero will offer an alternative to natural gas that is currently used by most companies, for a more ecological fuel.
For this initial stage, it is expected to have ten new direct jobs, which could be expanded as production increases.
The people in charge of Tuero are convinced of the success of the project, not only because of the environmental benefits that this entails for society as a whole, as it is destined to the revaluation of waste, but also because of the savings in energy costs of the company and the income from the sale of biogas to other companies and fertilizers, which are presented as particularly attractive to farmers, due to their organic and non-chemical origin, which implies a lower level of contamination and a lower cost for farmers.
This is how Tuero becomes a benchmark in circular economy at a national level, providing companies and institutions with sustainable solutions for the management of their waste, abandoning the linear economy model, reusing and optimizing the use of resources. A way to reinvent sustainability.