Powering China’s First Chicken Manure-Biogas Plant

GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engines will use biogas created from chicken manure to generate needed power and heat at a large chicken farm north of the China’s capital city of Beijing. The plant is the first of its kind in China and will provide 14,600 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. The project is designed to help reduce suburban electricity shortages.

Located in YanQing District, about 50 kilometers north of Beijing, the farm owns three million chickens, producing 220 tons of manure and 170 tons of wastewater each day. The farm’s new cogeneration system features an anaerobic digester system to treat the waste material, producing enough biogas to fuel two GE’s Jenbacher JMS 320 GS-B.L gas engines. The plant has an installed electrical capacity of more than 2 megawatts for use at the chicken farm.

“This biogas project will quickly pay for itself by meeting the customer’s demand for cost-effective electricity and heat,” said Jack Wen, president and CEO of GE Energy China. “We estimate that the customer will save more than US $1.2 million a year in electricity costs alone.”

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