It combines two installations that contribute to the energy transition by producing 100% renewable energy in a circular economy logic:
The commissioning of the cogeneration plant is scheduled for June 2020, that for the production of HPCI® black pellets from October 2020.
The use of these wood pellets, the HPCI® black pellet a new generation biofuel, under Européenne de Biomasse’s license, represents a double innovation:
This project, led by long-term committed partners, is a new model of virtuous, inclusive and sustainable economic development, designed to benefit the energy transition and the prosperity of local ecosystems. Representing an investment of 100 million euros, these facilities will produce locally green electricity, thermal energy and biofuel as a replacement for coal.
In compliance with the highest environmental requirements (supply of clean wood, no smell emitted, water contained in the wood used for the industrial process, valorization of the ashes of combustion for the surrounding lands), the project will contribute to the reduction of nearly 230 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year over the next decades, equivalent to emissions of 145,000 cars. This project contributes directly to the achievement of the sustainable development goals set by the UN and in particular the fight against climate change and its impacts.
Based on the circular economy model, this new production site also contribute to the creation 350 employs that can’t be relocated. Indeed, the Pomacle site will employ 40 people and its activities will contribute to the development of 310 jobs in the biomass industry in the Grand Est region.
Meridiam, Européenne de Biomasse and tBa,que des territoires have created a dedicated company, FICA HPCI, to ensure the project ownership, management and operation of these facilities. The three partners hold respectively 80.5%, 5% and 14.5% of FICA HPCI.