A farm in Maryland will use a combination of waste biomass and combined heat and power (CHP) technology to generate clean energy and offset site power loads. The system from ElectraTherm Inc. by Bitzer Group will burn chicken manure to generate clean energy.

The system utilizes organic rankine cycle (ORC) and proprietary technologies to generate power from low temperature heat ranging from 170 to 252°F (76 to 122°C). At the site, chicken manure is burned to fire a fluidized bed combustion system producing useful thermal heat. The heat fuels the ElectraTherm system to generate clean electricity that will offset onsite power consumption at the farm, and excess heat is also used to heat chicken coops.

ElectraTherm’s generators utilize waste heat on applications such as biomass, flare gas and geothermal/co-produced fluids.