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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: Schmack Biogas wins contract in Bulgaria

Schwandorf, 1. Novembre 2015. Balkanika Energy PLC and Schmack Biogas GmbH, which is part of the Viessmann Group, are jointly implementing a biogas project in Velkovtski Village, Gabrovo municipality, Bulgaria. The plant, with an electrical output of 500 kilowatts, is being constructed in a mountain region in the central part of Bulgaria. Liquid cow manure, fodder rest, straw, maize silage and whey from a cheese dairy will be used as substrate.

As project developer, Balkanika Energy PLC is also responsible for the general project management and coordination, and plant construction, which will start in November. Schmack Biogas designed the plant and is supplying all the technical components for its operation. Experts from Schmack are also responsible for construction supervision of installation and commissioning.

The project stands out not only due to its production of energy from a difficult substrate (whey), but also because there is great potential for production process optimization. The customer owns a cow farm and a dairy production. The heat and part of the biogas will be used in the production process instead of diesel fuel. Biogas plants for animal farm waste are the only option to avoid the upcoming sanctions to be imposed from 1.01.2016 in connection with EU legislation for methane emissions reduction and responsibility for climate change. On completion, the plant will also be able to meet the annual electricity requirements of approx. 1.150 3-person-households with renewable electricity.


Schmack Biogas GmbH
Petra Krayl
Tel: +49 (0) 9431 / 751-285


The Viessmann Group is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, cooling and climate control technology. Founded in 1917, the
family business maintains a staff of approximately 11,500 employees and generates 2.2 billion Euro in annual group turnover. With 22 production divisions in 11 countries, subsidiaries and representations in 74 countries
and 120 sales offices around the world, Viessmann is an internationally orientated company.

Schmack Biogas

Schmack Biogas is one of the leading German suppliers of biogas plants. The company was founded in 1995 and has been part of the Viessmann Group since January 2010. It provides services in the areas of project development and plant construction, as well as servicing and operational management, under the brands Schmack, BIOFerm and Carbotech, making it one of the few complete service providers in the sector. In addition to technical support, the company provides a comprehensive microbiological service.


BALKANIKA ENERGY AD was established for managing investment projects in the production and utilization of energy from renewable, conventional and alternative sources and protection of the environment through sustainable waste utilization systems.  An important part of the company’s activities is also the implementation of projects for improving energy efficiency and independence of buildings, production systems and human settlements. The company is a successful partner of a number of international companies, leaders in their fields. Balkanika Energy PLC has the expertise to plan, manage and execute financially sound, modern and reliable engineering projects.    

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