Pro-Act Microbial takes on reduction of greenhouse gases
April 3, 2008 by Manure Manager
Pro-Act Microbial, a leading
supplier of bioaugmentation systems, has announced a new concept in
microbial manure treatment that addresses many of the critical issues
facing dairymen, says the company.
Pro-Act Microbial, a leading supplier of bioaugmentation systems, has announced a new concept in microbial manure treatment that addresses many of the critical issues facing dairymen, says the company.
The treatment system is already known in the dairy industry for its ability to reduce odor and liquefy solids in manure storage systems while building a gentle fertilizer. After a few modifications to the system, its microbes can now facilitate the collection of methane as well as settling and removing phosphorus from the system.
“The market is waking up to the benefits of collecting and utilizing methane gas,” explains Bill Campion, president of Pro-Act. Canada is making serious efforts toward meeting the Kyoto protocol, and methane reduction is a priority.
“The topic is also heating up in the US, where CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are taking the brunt of the heat for the emission of VOCs,” says Campion.
Pro-Act’s system for collecting methane is simple. It requires just a few modifications to the existing manure system; no complicated structures or expensive equipment is needed. The dairyman just has to keep the microbial population robust and healthy, then let nature do the work.
Collecting the methane keeps it from going to atmosphere, thus qualifying for a carbon credit. In addition, the gas can be used for heating fuel or to generate electricity. It’s a win/win for the dairyman. Pro-Act uses bioaugmentation to treat and stabilize the manure, making it farmer and environmentally friendly.
Pro-Act can tailor microbes to do specific tasks, such as working with high levels of copper sulfate. The Manure Munching Microbes reduce TSS, BOD, viscosity and odor. The treated water becomes an excellent source for flush water and provides a gentle, time-released fertilizer. The system is inexpensive to install and operate, says the company.