â€œThis power plant that runs on poultry litter is the ‘Egg of Columbus’â€ said Dutch Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg at the official opening of the biomass plant in Moerdijk, the Netherlands.
â€œI am proud on the agricultural sector who achieved this plan. With this ingenious initiative the Netherlands two problems are confronted; the manure problem and the increasing demand for electrical power,â€ Verburg said, but she also emphasised that this plant in comparison to a traditional power plant is still small.
â€œDespite its size I cherish it. The Netherlands is a rich and prosperous country and we want to preserve that for future generations. The economy needs to keep growing for this,â€ she said.
â€œWorldwide economical growth threatens to exhaust world energy sources. Therefore energy production needs to become sustainable, which has a positive effect on climate and makes us less dependent on fossil fuels. This works positive for the economical and political climate worldwide,â€ Verburg continued.
She emphasised that to continue the developments and new initiatives, knowledge needs to be exchanged. The development and building of this plant was a €150 million project which was partly financed with government support.