Dean Foods Explores Turning Cow Waste to Energy
By GreenBiz Staff
May 27, 2008
Dairy giant Dean Foods Co. plans to turn animal waste from its thousands
of cows into renewable energy for the local power grid. The move will
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate carbon and renewable energy
The Big Sky Dairy farm near Gooding, Idaho, is the home of some 4,700
dairy cows. An anaerobic digester under development will capture and
convert the methane produced by the cows into more than a megawatt of
electricity, as well as produce a sanitary fiber by-product that can be
used to clean animal bedding or enhance soil.
"We are very excited about this project and the benefits it will provide
to us in operating our farm," said Russel Visser of Big Sky Dairy. "We
will be better able to control our waste and reduce our associated costs
while improving the environment."
Dean is teaming with AgPower Partners for the project, which is expected
to begin operating early next year. Dean bills itself as the biggest
milk and dairy product processor and distributor in the U.S.
Dedee DeLongpre-Johnston, MBA
Director, Office of Sustainability
University of Florida
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