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On track: September-October 2010

September 23, 2010  by On TRACK

Bauer Group has pumped up the power of its submersible pumps with the new Magnum CSP series.
Bauer Magnum CSP series


Bauer Group has pumped up the power of its submersible pumps with the new Magnum CSP series.

The new Magnum CSP lineup includes 5.4-, 7.4-, and 10-horsepower models that can discharge 480 gallons per minute (gpm) up to 60 feet away — 30 percent farther than previous models.

Service life and cutting power have also been extended with the addition of chrome steel blades and other parts that can be adjusted and replaced. Even the wear plate in the pump volute can be switched out.


The pump is driven by a three-phase submersible motor with an efficiency Class 1 rating of 88.3 percent. The class H insulation, temperature control, and special leakage sensor in the motor means the CSP can be used without restrictions in biogas plants.

The pumps can be used with Bauer separating systems, such as the Bedding Recovery Unit (BRU) and the new compact separators. They are ideally suited for re-pumping, mixing, rinsing pipes, or for filling slurry tankers.

Premier Power introduces ‘The Bull’


Premier Power, LLC of Alden, Iowa, has designed a new, mobile power take-off (PTO) power source for farm operations needing the flexibility of an efficient PTO power source in multiple locations.

“The Bull” features a compact, four-wheel, trailer-mounted power unit with a Tier III engine engineered to operate PTO-powered equipment at a lower engine revolutions per minute (RPM), providing tractor-free PTO power at significantly lower fuel costs. The unit can easily be pulled behind a pickup or SUV, eliminating the need to operate equipment with tractors, which are more difficult to move quickly between one location and another. “The Bull also offers better mobility and reduced wear on more expensive tractors.

“The Bull is ideal for powering equipment like manure pumps, generators and grain vacs, where you may need to operate them for hours at a time,” said Justin Jordahl, president of Premier Power.  “In our testing, we’ve found that it can save up to three gallons of fuel per hour compared to a tractor.  Running The Bull would save you a substantial amount of money in fuel costs alone.”

The Bull is available in two different models: the P150, which features dual output PTO (540 or 1000 RPM), two hydraulic quick coupler remotes and a 195 gallon tank, and the PX150, which also includes a Cat I and Cat II adjustable three point hitch, hydraulic leveling outriggers for stability in uneven terrain, a tool storage compartment and a 175-gallon tank.

Backhus 16.30


Backhus has developed a new way to make additional profit out of manure – compost. Farmers no longer need to spend their precious working hours on a tractor, mixing and aerating compost piles, while burning up fuel and contemplating machine costs. And there is no need to spend money creating concrete bays, huge concreted compost pads, or buying expensive attachments for the tractor. The answer is the Backhus 16.30. Specially designed to meet the demands of farms, the compost turner is reliable, easy to handle and maintain, and provides a tremendous throughput with low fuel consumption. Its unique design allows operators to treat enormous amounts of material on a minimal footprint. The Backhus 16.30 also allows operators an opportunity to start a professional compost business with a minimum investment of time and money. Since uploading and unloading on a car trailer takes just a few moments, transporting the machine from site-to-site with a pick-up truck is easy, allowing opportunities for operators to work as contractors for other farms or municipalities.

Brad Penn® Biogas Engine Oils
American Refining Group (ARG) Inc. of Bradford, Pa., recently announced the edition of Biogas Engine Oils to its line of Brad Penn® Lubricants.

Brad Penn Biogas Engine Oils are stationary gas engine oils designed for use in applications where fuel gas is generated from anaerobic digestion of manure, compost and/or landfill residue.

Brad Penn Biogas Engine Oil SAE 40 is a high ash content (1.82 percent), high TBN (15) oil designed for use in stationary gas engines where influent biogas contains high levels of contaminants and corrosive materials, such as hydrogen sulfide, organic halides, and other harmful agents.

Brad Penn Medium Ash Biogas Engine Oil SAE 40 provides a midrange TBN (8.9), medium ash content (0.99 percent) product for use in stationary gas engines where the influent biogas contains moderate levels of contaminants and corrosive agents or in applications where engine design and operation does not permit the use of high ash content.

“Essentially, an engine oil was needed with specific chemistry characteristics – like reserve alkalinity – to neutralize the acid produced and to protect engines from damage,” said Ken Tyger, a technical services representative with ARG. “Our involvement materialized out of necessity when we became aware of the growing populace of farmers incorporating anaerobic digestion technology without detailed background and explanation on the actual corrosive nature and volatility of the digester gas.” Additionally, little guidance was provided on the selection of an appropriate engine oil lubricant.

“Farmers utilizing methane powered engines were essentially left to rely on word of mouth when selecting engine oil.”

ARG believes that supplying biogas engine oil also means providing service and expertise to the customer to ensure the product performs the way it should.

“Biogas engine oil is not a product that a manufacturer/distributor can simply supply to the end user/customer and walk away,” said Tyger.

Brad Penn Biogas Engine Oils are available in bulk, tote and 55 gallon drum containers.

GHD, G3 Power Systems develop AD options for California dairy

GHD Inc. and G3 Power Systems believe they have developed an anaerobic digester system and renewable power generation combination that is both economically attractive and permissible for use in California.
The two companies have teamed up to provide digester-powered fuel cells. According to the companies, the new technology will allow California dairy producers to meet existing and future regulatory requirements while turning their waste into additional revenue.

Digesters have been gaining in popularity across the United States in direct response to tightening regulatory requirements and restrictions for on-farm waste. However, in California, emissions from electrical production itself (typically combustion products from biogas gensets) have been a barrier to digester expansion.

GHD and G3 Power Systems believe the rapid commercial development of fuel cell technologies will change everything, as fuel cells are classified an “ultra-low emission” system, meaning their emissions are so low, they are permitted to operate in downtown Los Angeles.

“Our proprietary process does not burn the biogas like some other processes,” explained Ray Brewer of G3 Power Systems. “Instead, it is converted through an electrolytic process into clean electrical power.”

The companies are offering third party financing and ownership for farmers unable to finance the project on their own. Farmers also have the option of owning their entire project, none of it, or a percentage.

New 8R/8RT series from John Deere


Building on the foundation of the 8R series tractors introduced in 2009, John Deere has developed and integrated the “smart-tractor” concept into its latest row-crop tractors in the 235- to 360-engine horsepower range for 2011.

The new 8R/8RT series tractors feature six models with wheels and three models with tracks, each offering 10 to 15 engine horsepower increases over the 2010 models. The tractors come with JDLink™ Ultimate Service and Service ADVISOR™ Remote, complimentary for one year, which allows the tractor to send location, operation and performance data via the web and cell phone.

The new 8R series also offer the new ActiveCommand Steering™ (ACS) option, which utilizes breakthroughs in steering technology to deliver the ultimate in comfort and control, especially at transport speeds.

In the cab, a new GreenStar™ 3 CommandCenter display can be loaded with AutoTrac and Swath Control Pro applications to eliminate the need for additional displays, reducing cab clutter. The optional touchscreen version integrates video for better visibility of implements.

All 8R and 8RT models are powered by new PowerTech™ PSX 9.0-liter engines that meet new Interim Tier 4 emissions regulations. These in-line, dual turbo-charged, six-cylinder engines utilize exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology and an exhaust filter that automatically cleans itself during normal machine operation – without the need for diesel exhaust fluid. All engines feature full-authority electronic controls, high-pressure fuel systems and air-to-air after-cooling systems for hassle-free performance.

The 8R and 8RT series tractors will be available at local John Deere dealers in January 2011.

Global Greening Products

Global Greening Products, in conjunction with Honu Environmental, has introduced a line of manure decomposers that eliminate odors and turn manure to fertilizer within 48 hours, or into good water within 24 hours.

Now farmers can make their own fertilizer – either liquid or powder.

Using friendly microorganisms, the machines work like human stomachs – organic material goes in and the liquid and/or solids are processed and eliminated.

The machines are available in a variety of processing sizes, use minimal electricity, and have no escaping odors or gasses while processing.

Effective use of the decomposers will eliminate odors and ground water problems, while reducing pests, vermin and the potential of cross contamination.

Big Dutchman introduces gasification system


Big Dutchman has introduced its new gasification system that transforms biomass from poultry manure into energy.

According to the company, the benefit of the Big Dutchman innovation is all the important components for fertilization (except for nitrogen) are preserved in the residual ash, resulting in a dual use independently of wind and sunshine.

Within the Big Dutchman system, the manure is dried, pressed into pellets and conveyed to a gasifier where it is converted into gas by means of a thermochemical conversion. The only byproduct that remains is ash, which can be used as a fertilizer. The energy produced is processed in the combined heat and power plant (CHP) to generate electricity and heat.

In addition to chicken manure, other byproducts such as digestate from biogas plants or sugar cane can also be used for the same purpose.

The amount of energy produced in a 150-kilowatt (kW) gasifier can supply thermal energy for 25 households for more than one year (maximum 10 kW heat output) and provide 200 households with electricity for a year (at an annual average use of 0.75 kW per household).

Imperial Systems slide gates


Imperial Systems Inc.’s heavy-duty pneumatic slide gates deliver a positive shut-off to service machinery or to divert air.

They operate using a compressed air cylinder, and help to reduce the risk of injury. Imperial Systems Inc.’s heavy-duty slide gates are constructed from heavy-duty gauge steel. The slide gates are constructed for tough applications where material is a concern, and are available in a range of sizes, from four to 24 inches.


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