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Combined bio-fertilizer, biogas facility opens in Mexico


November 27, 2019
By Ductor Corporation

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Ductor Corporation has opened its first commercial-scale organic fertilizer and biogas producing facility in Jalisco, Mexico.

The facility, which opened in October, is the world’s first fully integrated production system that uses 100 per cent poultry waste to produce two separate products, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions from both the energy and agriculture sectors. Biomethane 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,” Ari Ketola, co-founder and CEO of Ductor, said. “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.”

Since patenting its system in 2015, Ductor has completed development and commercialization 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.

Over the last 40 years, more than 30 per cent of the world’s arable land has become unproductive. Topsoil is being lost from land areas at a rate 10 to 40 times faster than soil renewal. This imperils future human food security and environmental quality. Ductor’s involvement has slowed down this degradation and return farming grounds to a healthy, productive state. Healthier soils and ecological farming also contribute to less polluted waters.

“We need to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation,” Jennifer Barber, president of Ductor Americas, said.

Ductor, a Finnish-Swiss biotechnology company, has several similar projects underway in the Americas and Europe.