Portsmouth, New Hampshire [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Environmental Power Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony for its biogas plant at the JBS Swift beef processing facility in Grand Island, Nebraska. The plant will generate biogas to offset a portion of the facility’s natural gas consumption.
Environmental Power’s subsidiary Microgy, Inc. will construct, own and operate the energy production facility and sell its gas to JBS Swift as part of a 15-year purchase agreement. The facility will use anaerobic digester technology to convert animal waste and other byproducts of the JBS Swift plant into a methane-rich biogas to be used as fuel in the plant’s existing boilers.
At capacity, the facility is expected to generate 235,000 MMBtu (Million British Thermal Units) per year — the energy equivalent of 1.7 million gallons of oil — and will offset approximately 25% of JBS Swift’s annual purchase of natural gas.“The meat processing industry represents an important market for our co-digestion systems to produce renewable biogas,” said Rich Kessel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Environmental Power. “The facility at Grand Island is our first inside-the-fence industrial project and demonstrates JBS Swift’s willingness to embrace emerging renewable energy technologies.”