The tenth WAGABOX® unit was commissioned on 2 September 2020 at Baudelet Environnement’s Eco-Parc in Blaringhem (Northern France). It supplies 3,500 homes in the Nord department with clean, local and renewable gas, while also avoiding 4,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.
Despite lockdown, Waga Energy got this unit up and running successfully just 15 months after signing the contract – an industrial feat that was possible thanks to the commitment of all the project’s stakeholders and Baudelet Environnement’s desire to blaze a trail in transforming waste into energy.
The Blaringhem Eco-Parc processes more than one million metric tons of waste a year, about half of which ends up at its waste storage facility. Until recently, the biogas produced by the landfilled waste was turned into electricity by four engines. Thanks to the WAGABOX® unit, some of the landfill gas is now transformed into biomethane which is injected directly into the GRDF (Gaz Réseau Distribution France) natural gas grid and is much more energy efficient to produce.
The WAGABOX® unit was officially inaugurated in early October by Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France Region. The project, jointly led by Waga Energy and Baudelet Environnement, is part of the Regional Ecological Transition Plan drawn up by the Hauts-de-France Region.
Caroline Poissonnier, CEO of the Baudelet Environnement group: “The Baudelet Environnement group are very proud to have installed this innovative WAGABOX® technology at our Eco-Parc. This new tool enhances our waste recovery facility and is perfectly in line with our policy of developing industrial synergies in our business activities and establishing closed-loop circular economies at a regional level.“
Mathieu Lefebvre, CEO and co-founder of Waga Energy: “By installing a WAGABOX® unit, the Baudelet Environnement group has acquired start-of-the-art technology designed to recover and transform the landfill gas produced by the waste stored at Blaringhem Eco-Parc. The biomethane production process is three times more energy efficient than the electricity production process, and contributes considerably to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by stepping in as a substitute for fossil gas. We are delighted to have cooperated on this circular economy project, which benefits the region and supports energy transition.“