Microgy to Develop Biogas Plant at New York Dairy

Microgy Cogeneration Systems of New Hampshire and Chaffee Farms of New York have signed a development agreement for an anaerobic digestion system to be installed at Chaffee. The proposed, on-farm facility would use manure from Chaffee Farm’s approximately 800 dairy cows, and other organic waste, to generate methane-rich biogas. Microgy is currently working with Chaffee Farms to determine the specifics of the proposed project, including the various potential uses for the biogas generated.

The nation’s estimated 3,500 large animal feeding operations face a growing number of proposed and adopted mandates developed by federal, state and local officials aimed at regulating the management of farm waste. Microgy said that complying with these mandates places a potentially significant cost burden on America’s farmers. Microgy now has 10 farms signed to development agreements that, if completed, are expected to produce an aggregate of approximately 700,000 mmBTU per year of biogas. This is in addition to farms already signed to specific project agreements, including five farms in the Midwest under an agreement with Dairyland Power Cooperative that will use biogas to generate electricity. Three of these projects are currently underway and two more are scheduled to commence construction later this year. Microgy has also signed a total of four farms in California and Idaho under its relationship with The Scoular Company. Microgy holds an exclusive license in North America for the development and deployment of its proprietary AD technology. Using Microgy’s AD technology, farmers can create a profit center from what was formerly a drain on their financial resources, according to the company, because the biogas produced can be used to generate electricity or thermal energy, or refined to pipeline-grade methane that can be sold as a commodity. The process can also generate useful by-products, including compost, fertilizer and mineral pollutant credits. Terms, financing and other conditions will need to be secured before the project moves ahead.
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