Manure Management


Side and Front of Gasifier

March 2013:  The system in South Charleston has been operating 7 days per week since mid-January with very minimal delays.  The drying system has been operating with heat from the natural gas burners.  The gasifier has been operated for two periods of 5 days each, and has performed above expectations.  The gasifier is providing enough heat to replace any need for natural gas and has been producing a high quality biochar at the rate of approximately 700 pounds per operating hour.  Final automation controls are being established and the gasifier will be ready for continuous operation. See 360-degree photos of system and individual photos of gasifier.

Side and Back of Gasifier

Coaltec provides solutions for environmental problems such as manure management through the use of its patented gasification process.  Economic benefits of the system include providing:

  • Heating and cooling
  • Steam
  • Electricity
  • Animal bedding
  • Biochar
  • Alternate manure management strategies
  • Carbon and Nutrient credits
  • Disposal of Mortalities


Gasification – Energy-Based Environmental Solutions

Coaltec Energy is a solutions-based company providing answers and resolution for businesses that have large quantities of by-products, biomass, or other fuel sources. Gasification produces a clean heat from renewable biomass resources, coal, and various by-products. The resulting heat can be converted into a number of usable energy forms (see list above), through the use of readily available technologies.  Coaltec’s business model is to integrate gasification technology into agriculture and industry through conversion of available fuels.

Yield from the gasification process includes valuable energy (including heat, steam, and/or electricity) and formulated biochar and/or ash products that are significantly reduced in bulk from the original material.  The formulated biochar and ash products are dry, pathogen-free, and less expensively and more easily transported.

Current Projects

Ohio Manure Facility

Gasifier at Ohio Manure Facility

(April 2012) Coaltec Energy is pleased to announce that they have contracted to provide a gasification system in South Charleston, Ohio. Fuel for the gasifier will be cow manure that is produced on-site.

This system will gasify 36 tons per day of processed manure.  Energy from the gasifier will be employed to dry manure, which will be used for fuel as well as pathogen-free animal bedding.  Additionally, the project will produce approximately 3,000 tons of biochar annually.


                                                               Frye Poultry

Mike McGolden CEO of Coaltec receiving Award

Mike McGolden CEO of Coaltec receiving Award

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has awarded their first-ever Clean Energy Award in 2009. Coaltec Energy and Frye Poultry were recipients of the award for their poultry gasification project.  The award was presented on May 24, 2010, in Charleston, West Virginia. Pictured at right are (from left to right) West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, Mike McGolden, Josh Frye, WV DEP Environmental Analyst Gene Coccari, and WV DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman.

Josh Frye and Congresswoman Capito

Josh Frye and Congresswoman Capito

August 14, 2009: While on an energy tour of the state, West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito visited Josh Frye at Frye Poultry to learn more about the gasification process.

2/10/2010 USA Today

Coaltec gasification project at Frye Poultry makes the Front Page of USA Today: click here.

The article provides details about the project and its benefits, even though the technology was mistakenly identified as incineration, rather than gasification.  Additional USA Today photos here.

Minnesota Turkey Farm

Minnesota Poultry farm Gasifier

Minnesota Poultry farm Gasifier

Gasification System Upgraded with Hot Oil Heat Exchanger to Provide Heated Air for Birds – Click Here to read article regarding Zimmerman Farm in The Furrow.

The system was designed and installed with a variety of features to maximize the manure to heat conversion process.  The opportunity to produce high-grade Biochar greatly enhances the projects economics.  For more details click here.