This Power Plant In Japan Will Be Powered Using Biogas Produced Using Cow Manure

Anaergia, a clean energy and recycling company located in Canada, is putting cow manure to good use by producing renewable electricity from biogas by anaerobically digesting cow manure from farms in Okayama Prefecture.

Anaergia will build a biogas plant for Toyo Energy Solution Co. in Kasaoka, Okayama. The facility will save around 13,500 tonnes of CO2e in emissions from manure and fossil fuels, comparable to removing approximately 2,900 vehicles off the road for a year.

The project will anaerobically digest around 250 tonnes of cow manure daily from the surrounding area and use the generated biogas to power a combined heat and power (CHP) generator system. The system will generate around 1.2 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity annually to power approximately 2,200 homes. The plant will be designed, engineered, installed, and commissioned by Anaergia. Toyo will be in charge of the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).

Anaergia’s Kasaoka project is its second with Toyo; the company has recently constructed a plant for Toyo in Yabu City, Japan, that turns farm and food waste into renewable energy.

Anaergia’s innovative anaerobic digestion technology and other patented resource recovery and treatment equipment will be used in the new plant.

“Toyo Group is pleased to partner once again with Anaergia to develop a new biogas plant, as we consider them to be the global leader in anaerobic digestion technology,” said Yoshimitsu Okada, President Director of Toyo Group.

“We look forward to building many more biogas plants with Anaergia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, produce renewable power, and help Japan achieve net-zero by 2050.”

“Wastes such as manure, sewage biosolids, and food scraps create two-thirds of all point source emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 85 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Stopping these methane emissions from waste must be a central tactic in curbing global warming,” said Andrew Benedek, Chairman and CEO of Anaergia.

“This new bioenergy plant will not only help Japan reduce methane emissions from manure, it will also reduce the need for LNG to generate electricity. We look forward to building many more plants in Japan with our partner Toyo Energy Solution Co., Ltd., to help the nation meet its carbon neutrality goals.

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