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QuestAir installs methane recovery system at Michigan dairy farm


March 26, 2008
By Manure Manager

QuestAir Technologies Inc has
successfully installed an M-3200 system to recover pipeline grade
methane generated from manure at the Scenic View Dairy in Fennville,
Michigan.

QuestAir Technologies Inc has successfully installed an M-3200 system to recover pipeline grade methane generated from manure at the Scenic View Dairy in Fennville, Michigan.

QuestAir’s M-3200 system was purchased by Phase 3 Developments & Investments, LLC, a developer of renewable energy projects in the agricultural sector, as part of a plant that generates pipeline-grade methane as well as electrical power from anaerobic digester gas. Methane from the plant will be injected into the local natural gas distribution grid operated by Michigan Gas Utilities, a natural gas utility serving 162,000 customers in southern Michigan. The plant is expected to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2007.

“Anaerobic digestion systems, such as the one used in this project, offer the potential to not only produce renewable energy from these wastes, but also to produce environmentally friendly biofibers and liquid organic fertilizers that can be sustainably reused in the agricultural sector,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, QuestAir’s president and CEO.

Norma McDonald, operating manager of Phase 3, said the QuestAir system was selected because of its low operational and maintenance costs. “We also like the compact, skid-mounted nature of QuestAir’s M-3200 since it reduces the project owner’s capital costs and leaves room for additional value-added process equipment.”

Constructed in the fall of 2006, the new facility at the Scenic View Dairy will generate methane-containing biogas from the anaerobic digestion of approximately 25 million gallons per year of manure, as well as organic wastes from biodiesel and bioethanol plants located near the dairy.


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