Monday, 22 November 2010 05:23
In the US EM Biogas has acquired the Huckabay Ridge Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Texas from the estate of Environmental Power Corporation.
Huckabay Ridge is one of the largest plants of its kind in the North America and processes agricultural manure and residues from food, grease, and other organic compounds into pipeline quality renewable natural gas.
The Huckabay Ridge facility contains eight digester tanks each with a capacity of 916,000 gallons and converts manure and organics into methane-rich biogas through the process of anaerobic digestion.
Anaerobic digestion technology produces biogas by enhancing nature's organic degradation process via microbial activity. By creating a hospitable environmental for bacteria to consume the organic material in manure and the organics, methane is created along with a nutrient rich effluent that is beneficial for agricultural crop production.
The methane-rich biogas is compressed and conditioned for pipeline injection and can be used to produce power, fuel industrial facilities, and as a clean fuel for vehicles
‘The agricultural-based alternative energy market has had a number of technological success stories but very few commercial successes. The commercialisation of alternative energy projects requires more focus on identifying market niches where green energy can compete with brown energy. Element Markets believes that the biomethane market can provide clean energy and reduced emissions while being commercially successful,’ Randy Lack, a founding member and Chief Marketing Officer of Element Markets, notes.
The Huckabay Ridge facility, built in 2006, reached full capacity in 2008. The facility is vital to the local community as it helps farmers manage manure, reduces odors and minimises the impact of farming operations to the Bosque River Watershed.
EM Biogas is a subsidiary of privately held alternative energy development and environmental commodities marketing company Element Markets.