The microscopic nutrients that are in the liquid result in a readily available fertilizer product suitable for spraying.
Effluent from the digester is separated solid from the liquid . . .
Future plans are to utilize the liquid faction of the digestate as a liquid fertilizer.
Goes through the anaerobic digesters . . .
Rural Development helped secure a financing package working with Goppert Financial Bank, the current lender for Hampton Feed Lot, Inc. and Hampton Alternative Energy Products, L.L.C. The financing package was an 80% guaranteed Renewable Energy For America Program commitment for $2,857,000.
The project would use the manure from 2,400 head of beef cattle fed in confinement barns and concrete floors to produce green energy. Using the manure will delete a waste stream from the environment and create a revenue stream for the operator. It was estimated that the project would hire six new employees in four years in the economically challenged rural area in Chariton County.
The facility was thought to be ahead of their time with the construction of confinement barns with slatted floors over collection pits almost thirty years ago. With the help of Rural Development, Hampton's leadership believes that they are again on the cutting edge of the beef industry. This is the first anaerobic digester project in Missouri using manure from beef cattle.
The completed project is using an Induced Blanket Reactor system with six, thirty three thousand gallon steel tanks that with a patented process results in bio-gas. The bio-gas fuels a 300 kwh generator to reduce the facility's dependence on commercially generated electricity. Surplus energy will be sold back to the local utility to utilize green energy.
The solid waste from the digested manure is dried to kill spores, seeds and bacteria. This product can be utilized to offset the use of commercial fertilizer with a more environmentally friendly product. Hampton's leadership believes that this partnership will help our environment and the local rural economy.
Solids go through a large dryer . . .
The liquid goes back to the lagoon with less waste . . .
Produces bio-gas for electricity . . .
It starts with the cows . . .