Renewable energy

Advantages of Wood Heat for Commercial Poultry Production

Viking Company of Albany, MN, along with partners Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, are pleased to announce the release of their findings report on the Advantages of Wood Heat for Poultry field study. The demonstration project field-tested a 1.65 million Btu (British thermal unit) wood chip furnace in a live commercial poultry operation. The wood furnace demonstrated considerable fuel cost savings against historically low liquid… Read More »Advantages of Wood Heat for Commercial Poultry Production

Riverview, LLP

Idea to reality: Convert manure into renewable electricity, livestock bedding and fertilizer. AURI’s role: In AURI’s coproducts lab, scientists assisted with the densification of dairy digester solids into a pellet form for value-added opportunities. Outcome: The company’s three anaerobic manure digesters, installed in 2008 and 2010, capture methane, a natural gas substitute that can be burned for heat or electricity. The digesters, which represent millions of dollars of public and… Read More »Riverview, LLP

Alternative Energy Solutions

Idea to reality: The Kriedermacher family needed a more cost-efficient way to heat their 65,000 square-foot greenhouse, Pork and Plants. Brothers Eric and Paul decided to make biomass pellets that could be burned in boilers to heat the greenhouses. AURI’s role: AURI Scientist Al Doering worked with the Kreidermachers in AURI’s Coproducts Lab in Waseca to develop biomass pellet blends using crop residue and grasses. Outcome: The Kreidermachers now use… Read More »Alternative Energy Solutions