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Construction begins on university’s AD plant

Construction on a new biogas power plant has begun in Ridgetown in Ontario, US.

Located at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph, the plant will soon be generating electricity for an estimated 300 homes from manure and other organic wastes.

In April this year the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario awarded the campus with an investment totalling more than $2.6 million (€ million) for the construction of an anaerobic digester.

Commenting on the investment Art Schaafsma, Ridgetown campus director, said: ‘The go ahead to construct this at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus is a huge boost in stimulating the emerging bio-economy. The investment will provide commercialisation, development, research and training opportunities.’

The facility will produce biogas from a number of organic waste streams, including dairy, swine and cow manure, corn silage and other off-farm wastes that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

The plant will feature one anaerobic digester, one dry feeder system, one pasteurisation unit and a biogas engine to turn the biogas into electricity.

PlanET Biogas Solutions has been contracted to the design and build the plant, which broke ground in late September 2010. It has been estimated that the facility will begin producing biogas by February 2011.