Duke Energy and Duke University Collaborate on Hog Waste to Energy

Date: September 27, 2010

Source: News Room

Duke Energy and Duke University, with financial assistance from state and federal agencies, are partnering on a $1 million pilot project to make electricity from hog waste. The system will be tested at a 9,000-head hog farm in Boonville, NC. Wastewater from the farm will feed a digester that will create methane gas to fuel a small turbine to generate between 512 and 639 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. The system is expected to be operational by February 2011 and is intended to serve as a model for other hog farms seeking to manage waste and develop on-farm renewable power.

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