In the 2004 Membership Award by the NRW Civil Engineering Chamber this project came 2nd in the Major Projects section.
High quality peats are required in the manufacture of substrates and garden mould for horticulture.
Humic peat is heated to 85 °C in a peat steamer from the company Werner Koch GmbH & Co. KG and it is kept at this temperature for about 30 minutes. Thus undesired herbs and grasses are eliminated and the quality of the product is increased substantially.
By optimising the steam parameters, the measuring and control technology and smaller modifications to the steam supply as well as the logistics of peat mining it was possible to reduce the specific energy requirement of the existing equipment by more than 30 %. At the same time the capacity was increased by almost 50 %.