GoBiGas biogas plant

 GoBiGas biogas plant. C.F. Møller

Client

Göteborg Energi AB

Address

Gothenburg, Sweden

Size

23000 m²

Year

2010, competition

A parallel assignment to design a biogas production plant – Project GoBiGas – which uses intermittent combustion primarily of forest residues to produce CNG (compressed natural gas). The assignment was to create a technical plant of high architectonic value in an undulating coastal landscape.

The plant will be at a large and highly visible, natural and industrial location on the outskirts of Gothenburg close to the Älvsborg Bridge. It is to be a landmark and a symbol representing the city of Gothenburg's conversion to more sustainable urban development. The buildings' location on the plot was determined by the process, the topography of the site, requirements related to maintenance of a safe distance to neighbouring companies, limitations regarding the vulnerability of this hilly zone and a desire to preserve nature while creating a plant which can be characterised as sober and systematic. The design is based on a layout which echoes the path of the fuel from the mountain via the initial gasification unit to the gas purification plant.

Our primary goal, however, was to give the new plant a clear, unequivocal identity. Varied building volumes are encapsulated in an outer cocoon of metal bars to create a unified design expression. It strongly and clearly symbolises Gothenburg and Göteborg Energi, the local energy company's investment in the site – a striking signature project which highlights strong local commitment to innovative biogas production.

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Team

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects

Energy and sustainability

Energy efficient design

Green Roof

LCA

Sustainable planning

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