Anaergia to Build One of Japan’s Largest Cow Manure Biogas Plants

Anaergia Inc. today announced plans to build a biogas plant in Kasaoka, Okayama for Toyo Energy Solution Co., Ltd. The facility will generate renewable electricity using biogas produced by anaerobic digestion of cow manure from farms in Okayama Prefecture. The plant will prevent around 13,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions from manure and fossil fuels that would have been used to generate electricity, which is equivalent to taking around 2,900 cars off the road for one year (calculated based on a 20-year global balance sheet). warming potential).

The project will anaerobically digest approximately 250 tonnes per day of cow manure from the region and use the resulting biogas to power a combined heat and power (CHP) system. The system will produce approximately 1.2 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity, enough to power approximately 2,200 homes each year. Anaergia will design, engineer, install and commission the plant. Toyo will act as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.

The Kasaoka project is Anaergia’s second with Toyo; the company also recently built a facility for Toyo in Yabu City, Japan, which converts agricultural and food waste into renewable energy. The new facility will utilize Anaergia’s advanced anaerobic digestion technology and other proprietary resource recovery and processing equipment.

“Toyo Group is delighted to partner again with Anaergia to develop a new biogas plant, as we consider them to be the world leader in anaerobic digestion technology,” said Yoshimitsu Okada, Chairman and CEO of Toyo Group. . “We look forward to building many more biogas plants with Anaergia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate renewable energy, and help Japan reach net zero by 2050.”

“Waste such as manure, sewage biosolids and food scraps create two-thirds of all point emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas 85 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Stopping these methane emissions from waste must be a central tactic to curb global warming,” said Andrew Benedek, Chairman and CEO of Anaergia. “This new bioenergy plant will not only help Japan reduce methane emissions from manure, but it will also reduce the need for LNG to generate electricity. We look forward to building many more factories in Japan with our partner Toyo Energy Solution Co., Ltd. to help the country achieve its carbon neutrality goals.

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