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Construction begins on Ontario biogas plant


October 25, 2010
By Manure Manager

October 15, 2010, Ridgetown, Ont – PlanET Biogas Solutions recently
announced it has started construction on a new power plant at the
Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph.

October 15, 2010, Ridgetown, Ont – PlanET Biogas Solutions recently announced it has started construction on a new power plant at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph.

The plant will soon be turning manure and other organic wastes into enough electricity to power approximately 300 homes.

In April 2010, the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, part of the Ontario Agriculture College (OAC), received an investment of more than $2.6 million for the construction of an anaerobic digester through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario. OAC, with its Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES), intends for this anaerobic digester plant to be a breeding ground for new methods and technologies that can be adopted throughout Ontario to add additional revenue streams to family farms.

“The go ahead to construct this at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus is a huge boost in stimulating the emerging bio-economy,” said Ridgetown campus director, Art Schaafsma. “This investment will provide commercialization, development, research, and training opportunities”.

The plant will feature one anaerobic digester, one dry feeder system, one pasteurization unit, and a biogas engine to turn the biogas into electricity. The plant will produce biogas from several organic waste streams: dairy manure, swine manure, beef manure, corn silage, and other off-farm wastes that would typically go to a landfill. The construction began in late September and is targeted to be producing gas by February 2011. The plant was designed and will be built by PlanET Biogas Solutions acting as the design-build contractor.


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