Swineline Farm Agricultural Biogas – South Africa (English)

Swineline Farm Agricultural Biogas – South Africa (English)


The farm that I’m farming on with my wife and myself we started a pig operation 16, 17 years ago. We built it up to a thousand (?????) unit and we specialize in producing wiener pigs The (??????) is much less only out of the (????) heard. And in calculations we are producing roughly about 2.2-2.5 tons per day. Acrona South Africa is the authorized distributor for the Capstone range of microturbines. By offering these solutions we’re offering the South African farmer a sustainable appropriate technology for introducing reliable renewable energy solutions for the South African farmer. The traditional environmental challenges
that’s swine farming in South Africa faces is naturally the odor control the normal process for addressing
waste and waste management is the use of open anaerobic lagoons these lagoons emit a significant amount of methane rich bio gas. heavily laden in hydrogen sulfites and the most obvious and most striking environmental challenge is odor control. The installation and operation of anaerobic
waste treatment plant at a farm like Swineline reduces the odor into the surrounding
community by as much as 80%. The whole piggery is build on what I call a (????) toilet system. All the pigs are standing on slanted or gridded floors and the excrete goes through into the channels we flush that out with a bulk volume of water That will then enter into the bio reactor via the channels. Then the bio reactor with the micro biology process with then be converted into bio gas. We have a blower extracting the gas from the reactor, up into the gas treatment plant. The gas treatment plant basically prepares the gas as a fuel for the microturbine. Taking out the condensate which the turbine can’t work with and also compressing the gas to a pressure that is acceptable for the turbine to operate. All the power that we generate get’s fed back into the piggery and such. Where we use it for the heating of piglets, the pumping of water, the running of the force insulation in the housing and recirculation pumps and obliviously a few lights that are running. The installation of this turbine has reduced my electricity usage by a good 30%, up to 35% even. You understand that the farm is a very small farm when you’re looking (?????) production we’ve only got one turbine installed but by getting the process more effective it could get to a point that I can reduce my electricity usage by even more than I’m taking off the grid. I also think the technology is of top-class, top-notch I was sold immediately the day I saw how it connects to the grid and how easily and how little maintenance there is on the whole plant. The cost of ownership to the farmer for the operation of a Capstone solution is best in market. This makes the solution financially viable

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