GESS to develop second biogas plant in North Carolina
In the United States (US), renewable energy services company Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc.(GESS) has announced plans to develop a second biogas plant in Stantonsburg, North Carolina (NC). Located in Wilson County, the site is owned by Andrews Hunt Farms and will use pig manure and agricultural waste as the substrate. The Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park project is expected to produce 330 000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas (RNG) annually.
According to a statement, the Stantonsburg, North Carolina biogas development will create 10 to 15 new jobs and cut methane emissions to the atmosphere as the plant will process approximately 130 000 tons of waste per year. Additionally, it will be possible to produce and sell organic fertilizer, an outcome of the anaerobic digestion (AD) process.
R.C. Hunt, the owner of Andrews Hunt Farms, is leasing the land for the biogas project.
This project will provide a reference for other hog farmers interested in constructing biogas plants. Having the GESS team in place is a great resource to start seeing the benefits of renewable energy on the economy and in the community, said Hunt.
GESS has partnered with Austria-headed biogas technology specialist Biogest Energie- und Wassertechnik GmbH (Biogest), with which the company entered into a distribution agreement in June 2017, to assist with the design and construction of the PowerRing biogas plant. The facility will consist of an external, main digester and an internal post digester.
The PowerRing digester is sealed and insulated, equipped with a reinforced concrete roof. The swine lagoons on the property will be emptied and contents used in the biogas process, reducing odors and other environmental concerns.
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