Ecoremedy Gasifier on Flintrock Farm, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Animal Manure Management March 16, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

The Technology

The Ecoremedy gasifier ® by Enginuity Energy was installed on Flintrock Farm in Lancaster County, PA, in 2014 as a demonstration project for the Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative.

The gasifier is a fixed feed rate, chain-grate, air-blown system that uses poultry litter as a fuel. The system is designed to deliver between 0.8 and 1.2 MBtu/hr of heat via hot water to four poultry houses. Syngas generated from the gasification process enters a separate oxidation chamber where it is combusted and delivered to a boiler and used to heat water that is delivered to the poultry houses via a Landmeco hydronic heating system.

The Farm

Flintrock Farm has been in Dan Heller’s family since the 1940s. The 80-acre farm now includes 12 poultry houses with capacity for 330,000 birds. Mr. Heller was one of six poultry producers to receive the 2012 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. 

Performance Evaluation

The Ecoremedy gasifier was evaluated for technical, environmental, and financial performance. An overview of the findings is available in the main body of the 2016 Final Report. Details are in Appendix B.

The report includes an evaluation of air emissions from this and other systems, as well as the potential for transporting and marketing the ash co-product as a crop fertilizer.

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Farm Manure Energy Initiative logoThis case study was funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the USDA, U.S. EPA, and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. The views and conclusions contained in materials related to the Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of NFWF, the USDA, U.S. EPA, or Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement by project funders.

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