Energy from Animal Waste

Lynne Kiesling

Mike’s two recent posts about turning animal waste in to electric power and John Doerr’s focus on methane recovery from animal waste prompt me to mention one of the innovative entrepreneurs in this space: RealEnergy. RealEnergy builds, installs, and manages distributed generation and combined heat and power (CHP) systems, and can do so within a local microgrid if the regulatory barriers to interconnection and to the construction of microgrid power lines across roads are removed.

Real Energy has done many projects ranging from urban installations in San Francisco to dairy farms. On dairy farms they turn animal waste into biogas, which is pretty much a methane conversion, as far as I understand it.


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