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Central Virginia Green Poultry Energy Project

2009 Virginia Ag Summit

February 9, 2009

William F. Osl, Jr.


Central Virginia Green Poultry Energy Project

  • Factors Supporting Project

  • The Project

  • Project Accomplishments

  • Next Steps


Factors Supporting Project

Cumberland County & County Farm Bureau co-host Summits to surface opportunities and challenges facing:

  • rural preservation & growth

  • farm profitability & preservation


Factors Supporting Project

  • Cumberland ranks 5th in poultry production

  • Regulatory uncertainty - poultry waste

  • Growth pressure

  • Existing technology

  • Growing demand for alternative energy & renewable resource products

  • Farmers and county leaders - supportive


The Project

Process poultry litter,hay, straw, and wood chips, using thermophilic anaerobic digestion to:

  • generate energy from methane gas

  • organic soil amendments from the undigested solid and liquid co-products

  • credits for sequestration of pollution causing compounds


The Project

  • Cumberland farmers visit West Virginia State University’s Bioplex Project (3/07)

    • Anaerobic digestion of poultry litter and co-product utilization

    • Pilot plant operating since 1999

    • http://bioplexproject.wvstateu.edu/

  • Cumberland farmers form Steering Committee to explore renewable energy opportunities using poultry wastes


The Project

  • Steering Committee decides to further pursue opportunities using thermophilic anaerobic digestion of poultry wastes

    • Donald Bishop, Chairman

    • John Bapties

    • Lester Goin

    • William Osl

    • William Sanderson, Jr.

    • Thomas Smith

    • Charles Womack, III

    • Elbert Womack

    • Robert Womack


The Project

  • The process includes:

    • blending poultry wastes, biomass, water and microbes in an enclosed environment

    • separating biogas and digested solids slurry

    • combustion of biogas as fuel or to generate steam or electricity

    • processing digested solids slurry into organic fertilizers & compost


The Project

  • Opportunities

    • alternative use and market for poultry litter

    • alternative use for landfill-destined biomass

    • renewable energy supply

    • renewable fertilizer product supply

    • carbon footprint reduction

    • farmer/local ownership

    • reduced regulatory issues

    • market driven environmentally friendly “win-win” solution


Project Accomplishments

  • Steering Committee initiates feasibility study (5/07)

  • USDA Rural Development awards Cumberland Farm Bureau $37,000 VAPG on behalf of Steering Committee to conduct a feasibility study & develop a business plan (9/07)


Project Accomplishments

  • Steering Committee engages expertise from the following:

    • Enviro-Control, Ltd

    • Longwood Univ. Small Business Dev. Center

    • Pepco Energy Services

    • Virginia Cooperative Extension

    • Virginia Farm Bureau Federation


Project Accomplishments

  • Feasibility Study completed (6/08)

    • farmer-owned anaerobic digester was determined technically feasible

    • 14 tons poultry litter/day (< 25% regional litter production)

    • 1.4 megawatt output (enough electricity for >1,000 homes)

    • organic solid fertilizer

    • organic liquid fertilizer


Project Accomplishments

  • Business plan is completed (12/08)

  • Ag-Renewable Resources, LLC files its Articles of Organization (01/09)


Next Steps

  • Extend membership/ownership opportunity to fellow poultry farmers in Cumberland and surrounding counties

  • Assemble financing

  • Begin construction


Thank you.Questions?


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