Poultry processing has a problem: chicken waste.
conversion of poultry litter would go a long way to saving energy, therefore, the
Energy & Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D., will test a
new technology. Partnering with an electric power company and the U.S.
Department of Energy, the EERC will see how well its proprietary technology,
which uses an advanced fixed-bed gasifier, converts poultry waste to energy and
other value-added products.
litter is a complex combustible mixture. However, the gasifier is capable of
converting it into a clean and combustible mixture of gases, commonly known as
synthetic gas, or syngas, which can be used as a direct fuel for electricity
and heat production.
“This project can lead to environmental and economic sustainability
by helping a major food processing industry eliminate waste and become more
energy self-reliant,” says research scientist Nikhil Patel who is the project’s
manager and inventor of the technology
EERC will run several weeks of pilot-scale tests to determine the efficiency
and performance of the system using poultry litter and other waste materials as
fuel. The project will determine which challenges need to be overcome to bring the
technology to the commercial marketplace.