If you are interested in agriculture you are interested in environment

Florian Lafoux, French trainee, has recently finished his nine week practice at More Biogas in Kalmar, Sweden.

Florian Lafoux, a 22 year old third year undergraduate at ESA, Ecole Supérieure d’agricultures in Anger, which prepares its students for the diploma of “ingénieur en agriculture”, equivalent to an MSc in environmental science, has recently finished his nine week practice at More Biogas in Kalmar, Sweden. The arrangement was made between AILE and the Energy Agency in Southeast Sweden within the H2020 Biogas Action project.

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Already at the age of 15, Florian knew that he wanted to work with questions related to biogas. The reason for this was that he had been able to follow closely a local biogas project in his own municipality Ciron in the central part of France. At that time 20 farmers planned to start biogas production, a project that still is on the agenda.

The problem to be solved at More Biogas was from the beginning the removal of condensate water, mainly originating from the upgrading of the gas where they use an amine scrubber. But quite soon it showed that the smell originating from the plant was even a bigger problem and the task that Florian should be focusing on during his practice. He obtained very good results when trying to optimize and stabilize the PH-value in the bio-filter. Since smell is a common problem for all biogas plants, this was a win-win situation for both parts.

When Florian was asked about the differences in biogas production between France and Sweden he said that the production is the same but the use of biogas is different.

When Florian has finished his studies, he wishes to continue to work with biogas, preferably abroad even if his interest for environmental issues has grown in the meantime, or as Florian puts it: ‘If you are interested in agriculture you are interested in environment.’