The United Kingdom is toeing The Netherlands line in using chicken manure as renewable source of energy. The UK is planning the venture in the Cotswolds region to convert a local Alfagy biogas station so that it uses agricultural waste, such as feedstock waste and manure, to create electricity. Its power plant located on the southern outskirts of Cirencester, which has a large chicken population, has opened. The place is situated close to many industries. The plant will use the manure of smaller farm animals, as well as agricultural feedstock.
The agricultural waste will be converted into biogas with the help of an anaerobic digester. The station will then use a combined heat and power (CHP) system in which one 260-kilowatt CHP unit can perform at a 42.9 percent electrical efficiency. The energy produced here is expected to produce about 1 megawatt of electricity per year — enough to power about 350 homes.
The station will also create digestate fertilizer. It is a powerful fertilizer that decreases the average fertilizer costs by up to 100 percent, which is a major cost to farmers and the environment. The production of normal fertilizer uses large amounts of fossil fuel and carbon dioxide. Moreover, the finished product is transported over great distances to farmers, says Inhabitat. If the fertilizer is produced locally at the power plant, there is no necessity in importing it from the United States of America.
The local farmers of that area will be paid for their delivery of agricultural plant waste, chicken litter and pig manure that they have to the station. Besides they will also receive free heat for their animal barns, grain-drying bins, and homes. The projects in UK are also planning of using animal waste to create energy, including cow manure.
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