World’s First City Powered by Animal Waste

By on May 29th, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009 12:58

cow-manure_skijx_69Lunen, a German town north of Dortmund, will become the world’s first town powered by biogas generated from cow and horse manure.

In addition, the local authorities are also planning to use organic material from local farms in the process which would generate electricity for 90,000 inhabitants. The biogas is used in different parts of the world, but the town authorities argue that Lünen will be the world’s first town powered 100% by a biogas network. The process will make use of material such as spoiled crops and animal slurry from local farms which will then be naturally fermented in large heated tanks, breaking it into carbon dioxide and methane.

The biogas produced in this process will then be burned in a CHP plant to generate electricity and heat. The plant will generate 6.8 mw of green energy, enough to power 26,000 homes. The heat generated during the process will be distributed in the entire city through a new biogas pipeline, which is being built underground.

Source: Ecofriend


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