Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Chicken poo into electricity and fertilizer -- that's what I'm talking about!

The Netherlands is going to use 1/3 of it's chicken manure annually to run a power plant producing enough power for 90,000 homes.

This cuts greenhouse gases (comes out approximately carbon neutral) and produces not only power but high-nutrient ash for use in fertilizers. How rocking is that?

Now is that so hard people? Lets work on cow and pig next please.

Enjoy closing production loops and returning the byproducts back into the soil,


[photo credits in linked article]


eStu said...

A short course in bovine methane production:

Cow flatus is commonly cited as a significant contributor to global warming; as much as 18% of all methane produced worldwide comes from animals, with 90% of that coming from cud chewers (sheep, goats, camels, water buffalo, but mostly cattle)

There's a genetically engineered grass which, if fed to cattle, is claimed to reduce their methane emissions:

(note that at least one country, Great Britain, includes plans to reduce bovine flatulence as part of its comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse emissions.)

Here's another proposed solution to the problem: a methane trap developed in Argentina:

Finally, here's a project underway in California to use the methane released by cows to generate electricity:

eStu said...

Another related topic: horse manure and stall bedding are a significant problem. If simply piled up and left to rot, they add significant nitrogen to the soil and groundwater of surrounding areas. ANother option, hauling to landfills, simply relocates the problem to our already overflowing solid waste disposal systems.

Composting is effective but can be time- and labor-intensive.

There's a company in Snohomish, WA that makes fast-composting systems for stall bedding and horse manure:

I have been using one of their micro-bin systems for the last year and am very pleased with the result: I can cure 16 cubic feet -- 1.75 cubic yards -- of used bedding and manure in 30 days. The company also claims that the system is effective for other forms of animal waster (sheep, poultry), household garbage (food waste, not trash) and for yard waste such as grass clippings.