North Carolina’s largest swine waste-to-energy plant officially launched

29 June 2014 (Last Updated June 29th, 2014 18:30)

The Storms Hog Power (SHP), a swine waste-to-energy facility, has been officially launched at the Storms Hog Farm near Bladenboro, North Carolina, US.

The Storms Hog Power (SHP), a swine waste-to-energy facility, has been officially launched at the Storms Hog Farm near Bladenboro, North Carolina, US.

The North Carolina's 600kW largest swine waste-to-energy facility is now operating at full capacity upon successfully sustaining peak or near peak output for the past 90 days.

DVO owner and founder Steve Dvorak said anaerobic digestion offers many benefits far beyond power generation.

"Our digesters reduce greenhouse gas emissions from stored and land-distributed farm wastes by roughly 90%," Dvorak said.

"Pathogens in farm waste, including e-coli and salmonella, are reduced so much that they are almost undetectable, and our new nutrient recovery technologies allow for the practical removal of additional phosphorus and ammonia nitrogen."

After starting to operate commercially on 04 October 2013, the project concept has been developed from a grant for four swine farm renewable energy pilot projects administered by the NC Department of Energy and applied by Sam Ravenel, co-founder of Withers & Ravenel consulting engineers, and Prasino Group senior partner Dr Garth Boyd, in May 2010.

"Our digesters reduce greenhouse gas emissions from stored and land-distributed farm wastes by roughly 90%."

Aimed to develop Storms project, Boyd had partnered with energy and real estate developer, Jeffrey Smerko to launch AgPower Partners (APP).

CohnReznick Charlotte-based partner Jonathan Gross said, "The North Carolina Senate Bill 3, mandating that utilities have swine generated electricity as a small part of their total portfolio, enabled farmers like Mr. Storms to try something that would have been untenable without the incentive."

DVO has been selected by AAP to provide services for its patented Two-Stage Mixed Plug Flow anaerobic digester, Martin Machinery/GenTec for its biogas engine/generator turn-key services, Barnhill Contracting for construction management and expertise, and CohnReznick for accounting and tax advisory services.

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