Chicken Manure to Power British Homes
British biogas plant to convert animal waste to energy and power 350 homes
On November 1, Cotswolds, England is scheduled to open its first biogas plant to convert animal waste to energy. The biogas plant, made by Alfagy, will be converting both animal and feedstock waste to energy. The Alfagy biogas plant will provide enough energy to power 350 homes. This is a significant amount of energy for a population of 19,000.
The need for alternative energy sources is driving development all over the world. Although converting waste to energy is not a new concept, with projects already operational that convert human waste to energy and cow manure into energy, Alfagy's biogas plant is different in that it uses the manure of smaller farm animals, as well as agricultural feedstock.
In order to power the biogas plant, farmers will deliver corn, wheat, agricultural-plant waste, chicken litter, and pig manure to the plant. The farmers will be paid for the biomass in addition to receiving the generated power.
In addition to converting farm waste to energy, Alfagy's biogas plant will create digestate fertilizer as a bi-product. Since local farmers currently purchase imported fertilizer from America, this biogas plant could significantly reduce the higher fertilizer costs as well as the significant environmental impact resulting from the import.