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Orcan Energy enters the french market with a heat-to-power project together with MP Biogaz


Munich, Germany, and Beux, France, 16.05.2024 – Today, the French biogas company MP Biogaz celebrates the commissioning of Orcan Energy’s heat-to-power solution. Orcan Energy’s module utilizes the waste heat from the exhaust gas from two biogas engines. Yearly, the module produces 1,500 MWh of electricity and saves around 1,100 tons of CO2. The project marks Orcan Energy’s market entry in France.

After the project signing between MP Biogaz and Orcan Energy in early 2023, Orcan Energy delivered its heat-to-power module to MP Biogaz’s plant in Beux, France, in October 2023. Since starting operations as early as February 2024, the energy module has produced almost 400 MWh of electricity and saved nearly 300 tons of CO2 until today.

MP Biogaz produces green energy from cow manure and other energetic cultures that are usually wasted. Orcan Energy’s solution allows MP Biogaz to produce even more clean energy by harnessing excess heat that remained unused until recently.

Today’s opening ceremony, hosted by MP Biogaz, welcomes several guests, including a representative from the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Sophie Heitz, Senior Expert at the German Energy Agency (dena). Dena supports Orcan Energy’s entry into the French market with general consulting, the promotion of marketing and know-how transfer activities, and the introduction to relevant market participants. This project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action as part of the Renewable Energy Solutions Programme of the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

Julien Pidolle, CEO of MP Biogaz: “The core idea of our biogas plant is to utilize energy that is otherwise wasted. Harnessing our waste heat potential and thereby recycling on-site energy is a logical step for us.”

Jean-Pierre Melchior, Partner & Technical Referent at MP Biogaz: “Orcan Energy’s solution has been easy to install and quick to deploy. Our thanks go to the entire Orcan team, who made it possible for us to turn our waste heat into clean electricity just one year after signing our initial agreement.”

Hermann Röhm, Head of Global Power Applications at Orcan Energy: “This project is an important first step for Orcan Energy into the French market – and it will certainly not be the last one. We are delighted to partner with a green energy forerunner like MP Biogaz to turn waste heat into clean and affordable electricity. Thank you to dena for supporting our French market entry and for being a crucial brick in building a more energy-efficient industry environment.”

Orcan Energy will now intensify its efforts in the French market. MP Biogaz’s partner company FairySun supports Orcan Energy’s further market entry and includes the heat-to-power solution in its clean energy offering. Massive waste heat sources remain untapped in France until today. Besides biogas, geothermal plants and the industrial sector have the greatest potential. According to a study by the French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME) from 2015, there is an estimated waste heat energy potential of more than 50 TWh per year, only considering heat sources above 100 °C. Approximately 4 TWh of this waste energy could be recovered by installing Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems with a capacity of 500 electrical MW. With its innovative and proven approach, Orcan Energy can utilize even smaller heat sources, further extending this huge market potential



About MP Biogaz

MP Biogaz is a French biogas company. Since 2016, the company has operated a biogas plant in Beux in the French Moselle department. Following an extension in 2021, the methanisation unit recovers around 35,000 tonnes of agricultural materials and waste from 50 local farmers yearly. Two biogas engines generate more than 1,5oo kW each, resulting in 23,500 MWh of green energy per year. This volume corresponds to the annual consumption of more than 2,000 households including heating.


German Energy Agency (dena)

The German Energy Agency (dena) is a centre of excellence for the applied energy transition and climate protection. dena studies the challenges of building a climate-neutral society and supports the German government in achieving its energy and climate policy objectives. Since its foundation in 2000, dena has worked to develop and implement solutions and bring together national and international partners from politics, industry, the scientific community and all parts of society. dena is a project enterprise and a public company owned by the German federal government. dena’s shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the KfW Group.


German Energy Solutions Initiative

With the aim of positioning German technologies and know-how worldwide, the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) supports suppliers of climate-friendly energy solutions in opening up foreign markets. The focus lies on renewable energies, energy efficiency, smart grids and storage, as well as technologies such as power-to-gas and fuel cells. Aimed in particular at small and medium-sized enterprises, the German Energy Solutions Initiative supports participants through measures to prepare market entry as well as to prospect, develop and secure new markets.


Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (RES Programme)

With the RES programme, the Energy Export Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) helps German companies in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors enter new markets. Within the framework of the programme, reference plants are installed and marketed with the support of the German Energy Agency (dena). Information and training activities help ensure a sustainable market entry and demonstrate the quality of climate-friendly technologies made in Germany.