April 22, 2015, Chilton, WI – The Storms Farm anaerobic digester installation earned a National Recognition Award as part of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recent 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, DC.
The National Recognition Award is a prestigious distinction honoring projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement in engineering.
“We are honored to receive the ACEC National Recognition Award,” said Sam Ravenel, vice president of Withers & Ravenel, Inc. “The completed project is a waste-to-energy facility that works, benefits the environment — and, most importantly, can be replicated.”
Project engineer, Withers & Ravenel, anaerobic digester designer, DVO, Inc., project developer, AgPower Partners, LLC, and Storms Farm collaborated on the project, constructing the largest swine biogas renewable facility in North Carolina.
DVO’s Two-Stage Mixed Plug Flow anaerobic digestion technology at Storms Farm allows the farm to be much less reliant on lagoons, provides benefits for both waste handling concerns and energy production, and greatly reduces odor and greenhouse gas emissions.
“The digester is great for the environment, the swine industry, the state and our farm. We couldn’t be more pleased with our system,” said Billy Storms, owner of Storms Farm.