Dallas, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Dean Foods Company announced that it has started development of an anaerobic digester at the Big Sky Dairy farm near Gooding, Idaho. The anaerobic digester will capture animal waste from the farm’s approximately 4,700 dairy cows, reducing both odors and emissions of methane gas into the atmosphere. The resulting captured methane will then be used to generate electricity.
The project, which is expected to be operational by early 2009, will be owned and operated by a partnership between Dean Foods and AgPower Partners, LLC. The Big Sky Dairy digester project is expected to have generation capacity of more than 1 megawatt (MW) per hour of renewable energy, which will be sold into the local power grid.
“Managing greenhouse gas emissions and animal waste is one of the dairy industry’s biggest challenges,” said Gregg Engles, Chairman and CEO of Dean Foods. “We are proud to have partnered with AgPower Partners to bring this important and sustainable dairy industry solution to the market. And we are very pleased that Big Sky Dairy has agreed to be our partnership’s initial project.”