In Colorado, US, biogas firm Heartland Renewable Energy has received approval from commissioners that will see the construction of an 80-acre biogas-to-power facility in Weld County.
The plant will operate 24 hours a day, converting cattle manure into biogas that will generate enough energy to power 20,000 homes in communities such as Windsor, Frederick, Firestone and Dacono.
The president of site owner and plant developer AGPROfessions Tom Haren said: ‘Nothing of this size comes close to it, to my knowledge, anywhere else in the country.’
The facility is thought to be one of the largest in the US and construction should be complete 18 months after the building work begins later on in the year.
The plant will consist of 24 anaerobic digesters utilising manure from local dairies and food waste, fats, oil and grease collected from restaurants and breweries.
Despite its location close by to one of the nation’s largest cattle populations, Haren dismisses claims that the facility will bring with it odour problems and a large volume of traffic. ‘There is very little storage of raw material on site,’ he said. A maximum of three to five trucks will apparently transport the waste to the site during normal working hours.