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Green Mountain Power to demonstrate manure


April 3, 2008
By Manure Manager

Green Mountain Power and the
University of Vermont have announced a partnership to demonstrate a
technology that treats manure from a farmer’s pit with an electrical
charge, resulting in a reduction of phosphorus and other nutrients and
nearly eliminating odor.

    Green Mountain Power and the University of Vermont have announced a partnership to demonstrate a technology that treats manure from a farmer’s pit with an electrical charge, resulting in a reduction of phosphorus and other nutrients and nearly eliminating odor.

    Green Mountain Power is purchasing a mobile unit from ElectroCell Technologies of Colchester, Vermont, which will be tested at the university and then made available to farm customers in its service territory to help them comply with stricter state and federal regulatory run-off reduction requirements that are expected this year.

    “We’re very interested in the potential of this technology to help our farm customers and to protect the environment,” said Chris Dutton, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. “We are committed to the use of technology to provide superior service, and we think ElectroCell is a perfect match for our environmental protection orientation.”

    The technology was developed in Israel and licensed in North America to ElectroCell Technologies. The University of Vermont’s Center for Emerging Technologies served as the incubator for this manure treatment system.

    Controlling phosphorus is an expensive, difficult proposition for farmers. “This technology has the promise to create an effective, affordable solution to one of the nation’s primary environmental concerns for agriculture,” said Daniel Mark Fogel, president of the University of Vermont.


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