Ductor open world’s first poultry waste based biofertilizer-biogas plant in Mexico
Ductor Oy, a Finnish-Swiss biotechnology company committed to finding solutions for global food challenges, has recently opened its first commercial-scale organic fertilizer- and biogas-producing facility in Jalisco, Mexico.
According to Ductor, the facility is the world’s first fully integrated production system that uses 100 percent poultry waste to produce two separate products, significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from both the energy and agriculture sectors.
Biomethane, aka renewable natural gas (RNG), replaces pipeline natural gas, and organic nitrogen fertilizer replaces traditional products made with fossil fuels.
We founded Ductor because we were worried about global challenges around hunger and the food supply of the future. We wanted to find solutions to make farming ecological again and to contribute to providing all people with nourishment that is adequate, rich in nutrients, and safe. Now we have turned that vision into action for the first time with the new facility in Mexico, said Ari Ketola,Co-Founder and CEO of Ductor.
An urgent need for healthier agriculture
Since patenting its system in 2015, Ductor has completed the development and commercialization of its groundbreaking innovation for international deployment.
The fermentation technology converts chicken manure into efficient organic fertilizer useful to large-scale farming and biogas in the form of biomethane to replace fossil fuel energy.
According to Ductor, over 30 percent of the world’s arable land has become unproductive during the last 40 years. Topsoil is being lost from land areas at a rate of 10 to 40 times faster than soil renewal.
This imperils future human food security and environmental quality. Ductor’s products slow down this degradation and return farming grounds to a healthy, productive state. Healthier soils and ecological farming also contribute to less polluted waters.
Ductor is committed to increasing agricultural biodiversity, enriching soils, improving watersheds, and enhancing ecosystem services. We need to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation, said Jennifer Barber, President of Ductor Americas.
Ductor sees itself as nature’s development partner.
We try to help nature do its own job better by making use of natural waste and putting it back to work as carbon-negative fertilizers and renewable energy, Ketola ended.
Ductor has now several similar projects underway in the Americas and Europe.