Safe biogas plants

Planning and advisory services made in Germany are in high demand in Brazil. Companies that can provide professional know-how and training are particularly sought after, which is golden opportunity for German engineering consultants BDC Dorsch Consult Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH.

In a recent partnership, the company demonstrated how to combine the installation of biogas plants with training for local workers, generating mutual benefits for all sides. The Berlin-based company has cutting-edge engineering expertise coupled with experience in technology and know-how transfer, and operates worldwide in engineering and consultancy.

In an initial development partnership from 2011 through to 2013, Dorsch rolled out an efficient waste management system for the Mogi Mirim region, laying the foundations for the company’s long-term engagement in Brazil.

The second development partnership aimed to promote the use of biogas throughout Brazil and to make it safer to use. Biogas plants must be operated carefully given the high volume of explosive gases they process and produce. The country still lacks the skilled staff and modern technology it requires in this field.

As a result, the focus of the project was on training local professionals. In Berlin, Dorsch initially trained multipliers from the private sector, science and government on matters of health and occupational safety.

Next, in Brazil, theoretical and practical training was rolled out for professionals from refuse and environmental authorities, universities and technical colleges, research institutes and engineering offices.

Dorsch is now passing on its know-how in five south-eastern Brazilian federal states, where a large-scale network of biogas actors has emerged. In addition, the company has also been awarded three follow-up contracts and is involved in many talks on possible new projects.

The state university in Belo Horizonte, one of Brazil’s five largest with around 49,000 students, has incorporated the topic into its curriculum and is harnessing the materials produced for and during the training sessions. Other Brazilian universities have also signalled their interest or have already been involved in projects.

‘I can only recommend this programme. In my opinion there is virtually no better opportunity to enter a foreign market with such minimal financial risk.’

Michael Schleusener, Projektmanager, BDC Dorsch Consult Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH


Five federal states have mainstreamed the topic of biogas plants.


A large-scale network of biogas actors now exists.


Biogas has been included in university curricula.