June 2014: The cow manure system has been operating for 18 months with minimal issues. The system is drying manure on a 24/5 schedule, with the energy being provided by either the gasifier or natural gas burner. The gasifier is capable of operating on a continuous basis, but the method of operation is determined by the customer’s need for bedding, biochar, and the cost of the natural gas.
The biochar produced at this facility has been used as a soil amendment and as a component in animal bedding. It is also undergoing testing as an animal feed supplement. As a soil amendment, it has been used in gardens and in larger applications in corn fields. It has also been applied to golf course greens on two different courses, both in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014.
Coaltec is currently working with potential customers on close to 20 new projects, located in 10 different countries. The economics for all projects are very sound and the fuels and energy applications have all been proven in the past. Some of the projects are viable with simply the energy benefits, but most involve some type of environmental component – either value for biochar, or environmental benefits such as improved manure management, reduction in handling, transportation, and disposal costs. Most of the projects involve manure – either cow, hog, or poultry, but there are also potential projects utilizing agricultural waste and processing waste. A few of these projects should move forward in the next month or two and updates on the progress will be posted.
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
- Animal bedding
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.