Turkey Manure processing
The gasification system was installed in 2009 and was initially running to eliminate turkey litter/manure and produce biochar. The system was running as designed with turkey litter as the fuel. A heat exchanger and hot oil system were installed to provide heat to the turkey houses together with a complete feed and ash removal system.
The heat exchanger replaces the conventional method of using propane heaters to maintain the required temperatures in the houses with an easily measurable reduction in cost of propane as result. Also there was an improvement in animal health and growth due to the superior environment supplied by the clean air from the gasification system.
Next to this the energy production and byproducts as viable sources of income were evaluated. There are various revenue streams or cost avoidance components to be quantified, including:
It is thought that the most beneficial economic value for the project will be from the sale of the pathogen-free biochar ash.