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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Can I build one of these?

One more reason to love chickens. They turn bugs into eggs, and their poop can power your popcorn popper.

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Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands
by Mike Chino for inHabitat

Last week Dutch agriculture minister Gerda Verburg unveiled the world's largest biomass power plant to run exclusively on poultry manure.

The plant will convert a third of the nation's chicken waste into energy while running at a capacity of 36.5 megawatts - enough to power 90,000 homes!

The 150 million euro plant was constructed by the Dutch multi-utility company Delta. It will convert roughly 440,000 tons of chicken manure into energy annually, generating more than 270 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The plant also addresses a key environmental problem in the Netherlands: "managing the vast excess stream of chicken manure, which, until today, had to be processed at a high cost."

Delta’s biomass plant has even been described as being carbon neutral, since it will prevent the manure from sitting in fields and seething greenhouse gases into the air. Once methane from the poultry waste has been extracted and ignited, the left over ash will be used to make fertilizers and other agricultural products.


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