Close this search box.
Environment & CE Logo 1

Environment and circular economy transition in China


Strengthening the Sino-German Biomethane Technology Exchange: Design Review Workshop of Pilot Plant

In early 2019, the project team of “Sino-German Strategic Alliance for Advanced Biomethane Technology” completed the overall design of the pilot plant in Inner Mongolia. To better understand and evaluate the current design from the various perspective of multi-stakeholders as well as to strengthen the Sino-German exchange on biomethane technology, GIZ, together with its project partners, organized a workshop at the site of the pilot plant in Ulanhot, Inner Mongolia. More than 70 representatives from government, academia and private sector participated the two day event on July 3-4, 2019.

The two-day event was kicked off by high level representatives from Renewable Energy, Rural Energy & Environment Agency (REEA) of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Inner Mongolia Rural Ecological Energy Environmental Protection Station and Horqin Youyiqian County. After the warm welcome speeches, it directly dived into the share and discussion on recent research results regarding the utilization of large-scale dairy farm livestock and poultry manure for solid and liquid digestion by experts from Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences (CAAS) and China Agriculture University.

Group photo of participants of the Design Review Workshop in front of the pilot plant location, Photo: GIZ Group photo of participants of the Design Review Workshop in front of the pilot plant location, Photo: GIZ

As the main goal lays in comparing the differences in design part of a biomethane plant between Germany and China, Mr. REN Lu, technical manager of GICON Grossmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH showed the specific design of wet anaerobic digestion with corn straw, while Mr. LI Jian, senior manager from Beijing Xituo Lianhe Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd (local EPC company), listed and analyzed all the distinction shown in design phase from the German and Chinese perspective. This also includes the lessons learnt from the German side adopted by the Chinese side as well as the suggestions rejected due to the limitation of Chinese special regulation or standards. Additionally, Evonik and Binder revealed how their technological solutions/products can be integrated into the designed system in a way that it can fully release its advantage. After the indoor presentation and discussion, an onsite visit to the pilot plant was organized to recheck the current schedule as well as to map out the future construction plan.

The Sino-German Strategic Alliance for Advanced Biomethane Technology Project is jointly implemented by GIZ and three German companies, GICON Grossmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH, Evonik Specialty Chemicals Co., Ltd., and Binder Engineering GmbH. With the approach of providing technical and systematical support for efficient application of biomethane in China’s rural areas, it shall pave the way of sustainable development in China’s biomethane and biogas sector by using agricultural waste.

For more information about the Sino-German Strategic Alliance for Advanced Biomethane Technology Project, please contact Ms. Hou Jingyue (

Waste and Circular Economy Transition in China