Exploring on-farm greenhouse gas reductions
By Marg Land
May 12, 2008, Charlotte, VT – Small- to large-scale farms across the U.S. may soon find it easier to finance new farm waste energy systems.
NativeEnergy – an international marketer of high quality carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) – has formed a partnership with Agrilab – a company that develops, designs, manufactures, and markets heat transfer solutions – to identify and quantify possible on-farm greenhouse gas reductions while evaluating new opportunities to leverage the carbon market and facilitate widespread implementation of new renewable energy projects.
Agrilab's heat transfer system captures and uses steam that is generated during manure composting. That captured steam can be used to heat hot water and farm buildings. The system also transforms the composted material into a high-grade, nutrient-rich soil amendment that can be used by the farm or sold as quality compost.
Agrilab's system can be implemented and used by bovine, equine, crop, food processing operations and greenhouses.
NativeEnergy will provide its expertise in the carbon market to study and quantify the greenhouse gas reductions created by the aerobic composting system and other components of the projects. By purchasing the verified emissions reductions that will be generated by these new farm projects, NativeEnergy , through the support of its clients, will help cover any shortfall in the financing of these systems.
Farmers, especially livestock farmers, interested in learning more about converting farm waste into clean energy through aerobic composting systems are encouraged to visit http://www.agrilab.ca .