Coordination and effectiveness of the support measures for agricultural biogas facilities and viability for the operators

Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Federal Office for the Environment, Federal Office for Agriculture

Key facts

The anaerobic digestion of agricultural biomass is an ingenious process. It allows energy to be produced and green and food waste, as well as farmyard manure, to be exploited. However, this production is costly in terms of investment and operation. In Switzerland, nearly 100 agricultural biogas facilities transform organic matter into electricity and heat. In 2016, 116 GWh of electricity were produced, i.e. 0.24% of inland production. Its resale generate revenues of around CHF 5 million with a market price of 5 centimes per kWh.