September 15-17, 2020

Give us 3 Days - And We'll Help You Select Your
Perfect Waste Treatment Technology!

3-Day Study Tour

Biogas Advanced Training and Study Tour on Waste Processing, Pretreatment and Depackaging
South and Southwest Germany

Language: ENGLISH


It’s true!

Biogas plants that are digesting biowaste and food waste all have unique technologies… and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

That means the equipment needs to be customized to the specific substrates and local conditions for every biogas plant.

Sure, the technology works – but it requires a lot of upfront research and testing BEFORE ordering or settling on a specific plant design.

And: once you settle on a technology and plant design, you’ll still spend multiple months, sometimes up to a year on testing, tweaking, adapting your process…

In short: selecting the best waste treatment technology for a biogas project can be a giant headache.

And we want to help you with that.

So if you’re planning to invest multiple millions  into a new biogas plant that will treat biowaste, restaurant and kitchen waste, or industrial food waste…

Or if you’re currently operating a biogas plant that’s mainly digesting biowaste, food waste, or kitchen waste…

And you keep running into biological or technological issues…

This biogas plant study tour is for you!

You absolutely need to know that what you’re investing in will actually work!

In our multi-decade-long experience in the biogas industry, we’ve seen many giant biogas plants that were built without doing the proper upfront work – and some of these biogas plants never ran for a second.

If you plan to build an expensive biogas plant that works efficiently, so you can hit the ground running, you need to do the necessary groundwork before.

And that’s exactly why we have put together the program for this study tour.

In 3 days, you and a small group of like-minded biogas enthusiasts will visit 6 different biogas plants that are treating biowaste, supermarket waste and food waste in South and Southwest Germany.

You’ll discover all the different technologies that are working RIGHT NOW – and many of them have been optimized for years.

If you’re a project manager looking to invest into a new biogas plant…

Or you want to upgrade an existing biogas plant with the most effective waste treatment technology…

This is the type of guidance that will make it extremely easy for you to understand the technology better and make a very clear decision.

As for us at IBBK, we’ve been conducting specialized biogas study tours for more than a decade and worked in the biogas industry for almost 30 years.

Turning organic waste into valuable energy has fascinated us for a long time. And for this event, we’d like you to benefit from the experience we’ve collected since the late 1980s.

Early Bird Rate for Registration & Payment until August 31st:

2,500* €

(Regular rate: 2,900* €)

*all prices are subject to 19 % VAT.

Discount for more than two participants from one company or organization available upon request. Please get in touch with us under

(Please reserve your seat in time as there is only a very limited number of seats available.)

Study Tour Language:

This biogas study tour will be conducted in ENGLISH

September 15th, 2020 at Stuttgart Airport, Germany

September 17th, 2020 at Frankfurt Airport, Germany


  • Guided by long year biogas expert
  • Transportation to the biogas plants
  • Pick up at Stuttgart Airport and drop off at Frankfurt Airport
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • Food and beverages on the way
  • Cultural stops and visits


Just send an inquiry to and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

Or just give us a call directly between 9 am and 5 pm on business days to +49(0)7954 / 926203

Organized by:

Showcasing substrates / technology explanation

We’ve have assisted many of the biogas plants that we’ll visit in the construction phase and can give you a lot of context on their development.

And in almost 30 years in this industry, we’ve witnessed many, many projects fail miserably AFTER they’re already built – due to poor, insufficient planning.

It can be tempting to skip the hard, upfront research – but it’s 100 % necessary for any new or existing biogas project that’s looking to expand.

And that’s exactly why we’re inviting you to join us on this 3-day biogas study tour through Southern and South-West Germany.

If you’re looking for raw, real, and honest insights into the “heart and soul” of the most successful biogas plants, this tour is for you.

Now, if you booked us to put together a tour for you, this would cost more than 10,000 € to research, prepare the material and conduct this tour. And multiple organizations have happily invested this amount. They know that for a multi-million euro investment, it’s important to know the right technology and how to use it from the start.

But: don’t worry – this won’t cost you nearly that much.

In fact, the price for this study tour is about a quarter of that.

Participation fee:

Early Bird Rate for registration & payment until August 31st: 2,500 € + VAT

(Regular Rate: 2,900 € + VAT)

(Please reserve your seat in time as there is only a very limited number of seats available.)

As one of the select few participants, you’ll get:

  • Transportation to all biogas plants, hotels, restaurants and the airport
  • 3 nights in a local hotel – single room
  • All meals and beverages during these 3 days

You will visit 6 biogas plants that process and digest biowaste, kitchen and household waste as well as industrial food waste – all with completely different processing technologies.

During these 3 days, you’ll get proper, hands-on experience and can discover which specific technology or process makes sense for you, based on your local feedstocks and conditions.

Overnight, you’ll stay in local hotels, together with all other participants and the IBBK-team. This way, you’ll get full “biogas immersion” with other biogas enthusiasts and professionals.

Also, we’ll include cultural aspects into the program so you get to see more than just the biogas aspect of South and Southwest Germany.

This tour will take 3 full days and we recommend you arrive one day before the start so we can leave nice and early to the first plant.


Taking a look inside a digester / checking the seals

Study Tour Date: September 15th-17th, 2020

Now, we are very aware of global travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, we’ve talked to all biogas plant operators and there are no issues for small group visits and travels through Germany.

We’ll take care of transportation for the entire 3 days. But if you wish to take your own car for safety reasons, that’s no problem and you’ll get the addresses from us in advance.

So here’s what you’ll experience during these 3 days:

You’ll visit 6 hand-picked biogas plants located in the area around Stuttgart, the greater Munich-area and around Frankfurt.

On the first day, September 15th, we’ll leave early in the morning from Stuttgart Airport to head to the first biogas plant. Meeting time is 8:30 AM at Stuttgart Airport.

The nearest international airport for the start of the tour is Stuttgart Airport and there is a good train connection from Frankfurt Airport to Stuttgart Airport.

The tour ends September 17th at around 5 pm at Frankfurt Airport. At Frankfurt Airport, there is a great connection to short and long distance trains as well as international flights.

If you need to get off at a different location, just let us know and we’ll find a solution.

All 3 tour days will be filled with biogas plant visits, traveling, eating, and cultural aspects. To reserve yourself one of the limited seats for this tour, click the orange button below.

(Please reserve your seat in time as there is only a very limited number of seats available.)

Which Biogas Plants Will You Visit During This Study Tour?**

Biogas Plant Processing Loose and Packaged Food Waste

  • Processing loose and packaged food waste as well as organic waste
  • Specialized in unpacking technology, removing plastic and metal packaging
  • Annual throughput: 35,000 t
  • Gas upgrading and injection into the gas grid
  • Modern plant, built in 2012

Biogas Plant Processing Expired Food Waste, Kitchen Waste and Biowaste

  • Processing expired food waste, kitchen waste from hotel and cafeterias and biowaste
  • Built in 1996
  • Pre-treatment of the substrate to remove sand, glass, plastics, metals, and other packaging
  • Optimized in 2008
  • Annual throughput: 18,000 t
  • 2-stage wet digestion

Municipal Biogas Plant Digesting Local Biowaste

  • Processing grass and green cuttings, liquid and solid manure
  • Built in 2012
  • Supplies electricity for 270 3-person households
  • Supplies heat for 96 single-family houses with a living space of 120 m²
  • Most beautiful view on a biogas plant in Germany

Biogas Plant Digesting Unpacked and Packed Food Waste

  • Processing unpacked and packed food waste, industrial organic waste, pig slurry, slaughterhouse wastes, municipal biowaste, and green cuttings
  • Built in 1999 with continuous expansions, taken over by a new owner in 2008
  • Annual throughput: 37,166 t
  • Cogeneration unit with 980 kWel

Biogas Plant Processing Expired Commercial Waste with Dry & Wet Digestion

  • Processing packed and unpacked expired, commercial food waste and liquid manure
  • Annual throughput: 32,500 t
  • Built in 2012 by Schmack Carbotech, unpacking technology by Wackerbauer
  • Purification and injection of 23 Mio kWh raw biogas into the natural gas grid per year
  • Produces 25,000 t of high value fertilizer per year

Biogas Plant Processing Kitchen and Bakery Waste, Expired Food

  • Processing kitchen and bakery waste, expired food waste, and liquid manure
  • Built in 1996 by Novatech
  • Annual throughput: 18,000 t
  • Surplus heat utilization for substrate pasteurization, fat melting, hot water cleaning of waste collection containers and house heating

(**Subject to change)

During the visits, you’ll experience dry and wet digestion technologies, different types of digesters, and multiple unique pre-treatment technologies.

You’ll also get a first-hand feeling for the treatment technologies developed by established companies such as Schraden, Wackerbauer, Finsterwalder, Putzmeister, etc.

Some of the technologies have been assembled and improved by the operators themselves through years of trial and error. Some are straight out of the catalogue.

But: they all WORK

The only challenge for you is to identify the proper configuration and find out which one optimally processes your substrates according to your needs.

These biogas plants are diverse – but they all process one of these 3 substrates:

Municipal biowaste

Restaurant and kitchen waste

Packed industrial food waste

The throughput of the biogas plants you will see ranges from 5,000 t/a to 50,000 t/a. You’ll also experience a biogas plant that upgrades biogas to biomethane to inject it into the natural gas grid.

To make sure there’s always enough time for you to ask your questions and get to see everything (without having to wait for your turn), we’ll keep the group size deliberately small. That means the maximum number of participants is very limited.

During these 3 days, we’ll take care of all logistical details  so that you don’t need to bring a car, or worry about finding a hotel or a restaurant.

You only need to register and show up at Stuttgart Airport on August 4th in the morning and we’ll take it from there.

As you will learn during this tour, a biogas plant and its technologies are not a fixed system… but a living, breathing organism that needs constant attention and has to be adapted to every situation.

That means even if you already know which technology you’re planning to use in your plant, you still have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to the perfect calibration of your plant. And visiting biogas plants that have already gone through this long and often expensive “trial and error” phase will cut your learning curve and expenses dramatically.

After each day’s plant visits, we’ll head to a nice hotel where a place to dine and a single room is waiting for you. All restaurants will have a vegetarian or vegan option.

To register for the study tour and save yourself one of the few available seats, simply click the orange button below. This will take you to the checkout page where you enter your personal details and select your method of payment.

As soon as you’ve submitted your registration, we’ll process it and send you a registration confirmation.

You will hear from us again latest 1 week before the start of the tour with some final details. And you can always contact us in the meantime if you have further questions.

Full payment is mandatory before the start of the tour and your payment options are Credit Card and PayPal. Please select accordingly during the checkout process.

In case you have more questions, feel free to reach out to us either via email to or give us a call during office hours, Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM CEST under +49 7954 926203

Participation fee:

Early Bird Rate for registration & payment until August 31st: 2,500 € + VAT

(Regular Rate: 2,900 € + VAT)

(Please reserve your seat in time as there is only a very limited number of seats available.)


Testing substrates “by hand” / Technology explanation on a biogas plant

By enrolling in this small and exclusive study tour, you will get:

  • An “intimate” look inside the heart and soul of the most established waste treatment biogas plants in Germany
  • 1 on 1 time with all biogas experts and plant operators, allowing you to pick their brain
  • Access to 6 different biogas plants
  • Exclusive insight into the most advanced biogas technologies IN ACTION for biowaste, food waste and kitchen waste treatment
  • 3 nights in a local hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on all 3 study tour days
  • A close group interaction with international participants sharing a common interest
  • Cultural and sightseeing opportunities in the region
  • Personalized and signed participation certificate


  • Expert guided tour
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • Meals and beverages on all 3 tour days
  • PDF documentation of the visited plants
  • Certificate of participation


  • Travel to Stuttgart
  • Travel from Frankfurt
  • Accommodation beyond the 3 nights
  • Further meals and beverages beyond the 3 days

Participation fee:

Early Bird Rate for registration & payment until August 31st: 2,500 € + VAT

(Regular Rate: 2,900 € + VAT)

(Please reserve your seat in time as there is only a very limited number of seats available.)

The start of the BIOGAS#HANDS ON TOUR is at:
Stuttgart International Airport
Flughafenstraße 32
70629 Stuttgart, Germany

IBBK Biogas Study Tour FAQ

Q: What is the biogas study tour?
A: This study tour is a 3-day event during which we as a small group will local biogas plants in the region of South and West Germany that digest biowaste, industrial food waste and kitchen waste.

Q: How long does the study tour take?
A: This tour takes 3 days. We’ll start on September 15th in the morning at Stuttgart Airport and we’ll end on September 17th at Frankfurt Airport at around 6 PM.

Q: How much does the study tour cost?
A: Participation in this study tour costs 2,500 € for early birds (registration and payment until August 31st) and 2,900 € for regular registration. All prices are subject to VAT.

Q: What if I register for the study tour and can’t make it?
A: All registrations and payments are binding and final. However, we gladly accept a substitute participant.

Q: Do I need special safety equipment for visiting the biogas plants?
A: There are no special requirements. Just make sure you wear closed shoes and stay with the group during the visit. Since some biogas plants can have a specific odor, we recommend not to bring your best clothes there as they might smell like… well, a biogas plant after the visit 🙂

Q: Is accommodation included in my participation fee?
A: Yes, accommodation for 3 nights is included in your participation fee. If you arrive the day before departure, please check THIS LIST to find hotels near the meeting point around Stuttgart Airport.

Q: How can I find accommodation in the area of the meeting point?
A: We have compiled a list of the closest hotel recommendations that you can download it HERE. Alternatively, we also recommend checking

Q: Where is the meeting point on September 15th?
A: The meeting point on the first day is Stuttgart Airport. You’ll receive the exact instructions where to meet in Stuttgart Airport once you’ve registered for this tour.

Q: How can I get to Stuttgart?
A: Stuttgart has an international airport. You can also get to Stuttgart via train, coming from Munich, Frankfurt or Nuremberg. For the closest stop to the meeting point, please exit at the metro station “Stuttgart Flughafen”.

Q: At what time do we meet on the first day and when and where does the study tour end on the last day?
A: The study tour starts September 15th in the morning and ends September 17th at around 6 pm in Frankfurt Airport. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive the exact meeting time and location for where we meet on September 15th in the morning at Stuttgart Airport.

Q: Will I get a certificate for my attendance?
A: Yes, you will get a signed certificate on the last day of this tour. It includes your name, an overview of what you experienced during this training, the date and duration of this tour.

Q: Will I get a handout for this study tour?
A: Yes, you will get a printed handout with a brief description of each biogas plant that you visit.

Q: Which meals are included in my participation fee?
A: On all 3 days of the study tour, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are included in your participation fee.

Q: Do I need to bring my own car?
A: No, you don’t need to bring your own transportation. We will take care of all logistical details so you can focus on what matters – the biogas plants.

Q: My question wasn’t mentioned here – how can I contact you?
A: For further inquiries, please write a quick message to or simply call us during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm CEST under +49(0)7954 / 926203 (you can tap to call on your smartphone).

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