Gallery: Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands!


Here at Inhabitat we love to see innovative reuses for organic waste, and so we’re perpetually fascinated by the potential of poo to be used as a renewable source of energy. Last week Dutch agriculture minister Gerda Verburg announced a groundbreaking development for the field as she unveiled the world’s largest biomass power plant to run exclusively on poultry manure. The plant will convert a third of the nation’s chicken waste into energy while running at a capacity of 36.5 megawatts – enough to power 90,000 homes!

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  3. Muthusamy Arul December 8, 2009 at 8:19 am

    In my place 2.5 tons chiceken manure per day avilable, they keep it for sale upto 1year.Any body give idea regarding cheken manure power project is useful for us.howmuch cost,land,water,machinaries etc needed?

  4. babytiger09 February 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I have to give a presentation on how chicken manure generates electricity, Does anyone know of any simple demonstrations that could be performed in front of the class or in a lab? thanks!

  5. dirtywhitehorse January 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    HI Allan ,
    I hail from Delaware too and I think there is a bit of Misunderstanding of the process in the wording in this story . When Pooh is digesting natually in a pile it gives off a methane gas Which can then be taken off and used like any other gas to heat homes . The leftover stuff is basically compost. I do not think this way of raising chickens is best . I think we need to pasture them and eat more vegetabkles as well as pay more for clean meats . I do think It IS possible however to Properly compost and use the resulting methane for fuel and the rest to improve soil since we do have a huge confinement animal industry in place. That IS a whole other thing than BURNING it and turning it into ASH :).Sharon (Sharons Natural Gardens )

  6. Alan Muller October 5, 2008 at 10:45 am

    You folks really got this story wrong.

    First, nothing but nuclear reactions can convert manure, or any other material, into energy. Burning it \”converts\” it into ash and air pollutants, with minimal energy recovery.

    Second, poultry poop incineration is a highly-polluting way to generate electricity while destroying a valuable agricultural resource.

    Alan Muller
    Green Delaware
    (A link to our site would be considered spam? Hmmmm….)

  7. theokobox September 9, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    If we could power the world on poop, the lights would never go out!!!

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