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Biogas From Cows at Huckaby Ridge (Stephenville, Erath County, Texas)- To Power the Lower Colorado River Authority

4 December 2006 at 11:15:07 PM

Wrote about this composting manure to gas process before here. Statesman comments on it today "Dung from Animals Used to Make Natural Gas". About 10,000 cows worth of dung, in fact.

"Instead of tapping a geological reserve that's finite and will ultimately run out, instead you are getting fuel from raising cattle and feeding them," said Ingmar Sterzing, a fuels manager at LCRA. "It's environmentally friendly. We're taking a waste product and making energy out of it."

The LCRA has agreed to buy up to 2 million cubic feet of pipeline-quality gas per day for 18 months, enough to power about 6,000 homes, from Microgy Inc., a subsidiary of New Hampshire's Environmental Power Corp.

The gas will account for about 2 percent of all the natural gas LCRA purchases and increases the energy the utility gets from renewable sources by 15 percent. ...

The Stephenville facility, which is due to be finished by April, will essentially act as another stomach for breakdown of organic matter left in manure. Dung from about 10,000 cattle will be fed daily into heated airtight silo-like tanks. Bacteria break the dung down and release "biogas," which is rich in methane and carbon dioxide. The biogas is treated and compressed and added to the natural gas grid, according to Albert Morales, an executive vice president at Environmental Power.

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