A vision, a goal and a lot of entrepreneurial spirit

A pioneer in biogas celebrates 20-year company anniversary

A vision, a goal and a lot of entrepreneurial spirit

At the beginning of October, the PlanET Biogas Group held the 20th anniversary of the PlanET group. 340 invited guests took part in the biogas company’s festivity in Westphalian Vreden, which offered a varied agenda all around the company headquarters. Together with employees and distinguished companions of the biogas industry the opportunity was taken to look to the past as well as to the future to appreciate the Münster-region success story.

Vreden, October 2nd, 2018: “It is thanks to our employees, suppliers and customers that we are today among the leading international biogas companies,” said Jörg Meyer to Strohe in his opening speech. As the founder and managing director of the PlanET group of companies, Jörg Meyer zu Strohe looks back on 20 eventful years, in which the biogas technology was developed and increasingly grew in economic importance. And yet, the enthusiasm for renewable energy and technology is still the driving force, Mr. Meyer zu Strohe continues in his retrospective. The company was founded in 1998 by the engineers Hendrik Becker and Jörg Meyer zu Strohe. A vision slowly began to take shape: the tinkering was done in teen bedrooms, barns and in the old yard. “The goal: To promote biogas as a renewable energy to protect the climate,” said Hendrik Becker. Even today, this guiding principle is reflected in the corporate philosophy. Over the course of just a few years, Hendrik Becker and Jörg Meyer zu Strohe have built up an innovative and internationally competitive company with hundreds of jobs.

An entertaining journey through the history of the company

The guests experienced an exciting and entertaining journey through time, accompanied by many pictures and vivid memories. The varied evening agenda provided for the best entertainment. The apprentices surprised the company founders with a quiz duel and the buffet took the guests on a culinary world tour with international delicacies from all countries with PlanET branches. “We are proud to look back on a history that on the one hand is closely linked to customer orientation, reliability, quality and efficiency and on the other to change and a constant look to the future,” said Jörg Meyer zu Strohe.

Donations instead of gifts

Jörg Meyer zu Strohe and Hendrik Becker especially want to thank all the donors who answered the call for donations during the company anniversary. The 7,500 € donation will be used to aid a development project in Kenya that supports schools in slums. All information is available at: https://nyendo-lernen.de/.

Background: PlanET Biogas Group

The international PlanET Biogas Group is one of the leading providers of planning, plant construction, re-powering, biomethane and service. PlanET developed the first solids-feeding technology for biogas plants, offers technology solutions for the use of 100 percent manure or slurry as well as for demanding substrates such as straw and grass. Another core business is the fermentation of biogenic waste. 200 employees are employed at the company headquarters in the Münster-region as well as at the international branches in France, the UK, the USA and Canada. PlanET has already successfully implemented more than 450 biogas plants worldwide, ranging between 40 kW and several MW.

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First Office PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH

First Office PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH

Development project slum school in Kenya

Development project slum school in Kenya

 

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Totally installed electrical power of PlanET plants

141.145 kWel

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590.144.182 kg CO2/a

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