Waste Processing Turns Chicken Parts into Power

UK-based poultry business Banham Power is installing a new waste-to-energy facility to convert processing refuse to usable power while eliminating waste. Banham Power, a division of Banham Poultry, has plans to use a pyrolysis and gasification energy plant to generate all of the power the poultry plant needs, plus 2 MW surplus to sell on.

The technologies – pyrolysis and gasification – have been used successfully elsewhere but are not regularly put together to process this type of waste. Development engineer Bob Waterson said, “Nobody has put all these parts together before. But we thought, ‘why can’t we do it at our plant?’ Every abattoir (slaughterhouse) could have its own generator on site – they could all have their own modular power plant providing all their electricity.” The project is backed by the CRed carbon reduction campaign, the National Farmers Union, the poultry industry and Environment Agency in the UK. Waterson describes its processing system as the “Rolls Royce of odor treatment”. The by-products of poultry and other meat have to be disposed of through rendering and incineration, which increases production costs. Faced with this, Banham has developed and patented plans for a plant where the by-products are shredded, dried and then subjected to thermal treatment under contained conditions to produce a combustible gas. This can then be used to power the continuing process, run a deodorizing unit and fuel an electricity generator. “The base principle is gasification – we’re drying the innards which come out of an abattoir and burning it in an oxygen free environment,” Waterson said. Since no oxygen is present, incineration is not involved and the product qualifies as renewable energy. Banham’s plant is intended to be capable of handling up to 1200 tons of material per week. The plant’s full capacity output will be 5.5 MW. Family-owned Banham Poultry, based in Norfolk, employs around 750 people and its fully integrated business includes farming, processing and distributing of chickens. Birds are processed at a rate of up to 600,000 per week. Banham Power will be linked to the slaughterhouse via a sealed pipeline. The company is already very concerned about the smells created by its business and its power project, and has spent GBP 1.5 million (US $2.82 million) on a program of odor control.
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