Bio-Energy Village in the Black Forest

We will visit a Black Forest community, which produces three times as much electricity from renewable energy sources as the 4,200 inhabitants consume. The surplus electricity feeds into the grid.

We visit a farm of 80 hectares, which following the BSE, or “mad cow disease“, crisis in 2000, abandoned cattle and pig breeding due to declining meat prices to become a pioneer in biogas production. Today, the farmer supplies a small settlement, the school and spa house with a swimming pool with heat from his own cogeneration plant and feeds about 1 million kWh of electricity into the power line.

At the second farm we visit, strong economic pressure and changing generations are a topic of conversation. The dairy industry was no longer worthwhile and they chose to abandon it. Instead, this farm now has 80 cows, and for many years now, the farmer has been focusing on various renewable energy sources such as wood chips, solar power and wind power. Two wind turbines stand on the property.

To conclude this excursion, we will visit two different large-scale citizen-owned wind power plants and their financing model will be presented.

If anyone is hungry after recieving so much information, you can satisfy this hunger and thirst in the historic Black Forest mill which uses local and regional products (not included in the price).

Group rate: 493€ (up to 30 people)

Duration: approx. 4.5 hours