Solutions of the future
Bioenergy is booming. Particularly at a time of dwindling resources and with the climate change which is facing us, this subject is on everyone's tongue. In the field of bioenergy, Raiffeisen Agil Leese was one of the earliest starters. Already six years ago, one of the most successful projects of its kind in Lower Saxony was launched. On an area of 71 hectares (about 175 acres), an industrial complex has developed which now houses 15 companies with a staff of 120 under its roof, generating all its own energy requirements itself.
All of the 16 administrative buildings and halls are heated either with biogas or wood chippings.
For this purpose raw materials are produced by the company-owned energy forest, in which there are 1.5 hectares of willow and miscanthus planted as heating material, and the highly-modern biogas plant, which with an output of 1.5 Mw produces a very impressive surplus of electricity.
Quality-tested wood chippings, bio-filter material and decorative mulch are produced for retail trade in our own machinery. In June 2010, Raiffeisen Agil Leese eG put its first photovoltaic plant into operation.
But the management has no intention whatsoever of resting on its laurels. The intention is to expand Leese step by step to a leading location for bioenergy projects. "We want to convince innovative companies in the sector to move in with us", says Chief Executive Britta Ronnenberg. "We already have the necessary infrastructure here," adds her colleague Reinhard Rohlfing, "we are set up for the future".