Horse Manure to Power Home of UK’s Royal Horse Artillery
Where there are horses, there is inevitably horse manure. While gardeners have long been aware of the vicissitudes of well-rotted horse manure, a spokesman for UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that they will begin using horse manure for a unique purpose - electrical power.
The MoD plans to use horse manure to power the new south London headquarters of the Royal Horse Artillery. The horse manure and stall bedding from the 170 equines of the King’s Troop will be converted into pellets that will be used as a biofuel to help meet the electrical power needs of the regiment’s new facilities. .
The innovative idea to use horse manure for electrical power is intended to reflect the MoD’s commitment to meeting the UK government’s sustainable fuel goals, including reduction in carbon emissions. The MoD and the King’s Troop must be doing something right in the area of sustainable approaches for electrical power. They successfully reduced emissions by 12.5 percent in 2008-2009 in comparison to 1999 - 2000 levels. This was a full two years ahead of schedule.
The new horse manure powered facilities will include training facilities, staff offices, and of course, stables.
Other forms of manure being used for electrical power generation: