Via goodcleantech, 04-04-2011
Farmers produce all sorts of goods in order to earn money, and soon they may be able to add renewable energy to that list.
A new machine called the digester — which look like a giant silo — is able to take waste such as manure and discarded crop material and turn it into energy. The digester turns the waste into biogas, which is then fed into a nearby generator to produce electricity. This electricity is then fed back into the grid, earning the farmer a tidy profit. Up to $20,000 a month, in fact.
And not only does the digester provide additional revenue and a renewable source of energy, it also utilizes materials that would otherwise go to waste. The project is being funded by New Englad Organics, who expect it to cost around $2.5 million before all is said and done. And it sounds like farmers in the region are excited about it.
“Milk and power are both livelihoods for us,” farm owner Randy Jordan told CNet. “I want to do it all and I’ll just keep cows as a hobby.”