10/13/2010 - Press Release: EnergyWorks BioPower and Hillandale Farms Sign Agreement for Joint Bioenergy Project
Hillandale Farms and EnergyWorks Sign Agreement for Joint Bioenergy Project
OCTOBER 13, 2010 (Gettysburg, Pa.)-- Hillandale Farms Gettysburg and EnergyWorks BioPower, LLC today signed formal agreements to proceed with the construction of an Energy and Nutrient Recovery Facility (the Gettysburg ENRF) on land adjacent to the Hillandale operations in Adams County. The facility will use gasification technology to transform egg layer manure into renewable energy and mineral byproducts and will be capable of processing the entire amount of manure produced by 5 million layer hens.
As a nutrient credit generator certified under the Pennsylvania Nutrient Cap and Trade program using gasification technology, the Gettysburg ENRF is the first facility of its kind in the United States. According to Patrick Thompson, EnergyWorks’ president and CEO, “The process combines proven process technologies with advanced monitoring and controls to achieve verifiable environmental benefits that are measured and documented in real-time."
“This project will make an important contribution to ongoing efforts by the animal agriculture industry to ensure the sustainability and security of our national food systems, and reduce nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay watershed,” said Sy Rizvi, general manager of Hillandale Farms Gettysburg.
The facility will generate 2.5 megawatts of electricity, recycle over 13,000 tons of mineral byproducts annually, reduce farm ammonia emissions by 50 percent, eliminate over 34,000 tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases annually, reduce manure storage by 97 percent, eliminate manure application on 23,000 acres of land, and achieve 3.5 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively, of Pennsylvania’s 2025 goals for reducing nitrogen and phosphorous loading to the Chesapeake Bay. Current plans call for the project to begin construction this year and become fully operational by early 2012.
The Hillandale Farms egg layer operations north of Gettysburg, Pa., currently house approximately 3.5 million layer hens, producing approximately 3 million eggs per day. The farm is expanding its operations to approximately 5 million hens. The Gettysburg ENRF is a logical extension of the state-of-the-art operations and systems currently in place at the farm to achieve the highest levels of food safety and environmental stewardship.
EnergyWorks BioPower, LLC, based in Lancaster, Pa., is a full service provider of integrated infrastructure solutions for ecosystem services. It is a subsidiary of EnergyWorks North America headquartered in Annapolis, Md. For more information, visit www.energyworks.com.