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Chinese and US produce firms to build stateside biogas plants

Beijing DQY and Smithfield Foods sign agreement to build manure-powered biogas energy projects in US

Manure from hog farms is expected to run the first US biogas project this year
Manure from hog farms is expected to be used to run the first US biogas project this year

Chinese and US produce firms are working together to develop a series of biogas plants. Beijing DQY, China’s largest egg producer, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with firm Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and processor, to develop the bioenergy plants in the US. The plants are expected to run on manure.

The subsidiary of DQY, Helee Bioenergy, will cooperate with Smithfield Foods, to develop the biogas energy projects on swine farms using Helee's core technologies.

The companies are planning to develop their first biogas energy project in the U.S this year with a capacity of 1 MW. It will produce 3,500,000 cubic meters of biogas per year, which be used to produce 7000000 kWh electricity and reduce 42,000 tons of CO2 per year. Both companies envision that manure from hog farms in North Carolina will be the feedstock for this project.

Beijing DQY Agricultural Technology Co is the largest egg producer in china. The company said is has become a leader in biogas production by utilising chicken manure and wastewater generated at its operations in China.

“As agricultural enters a modern age, stress on natural resources, potential of environmental pollution, shortage of food and grains, and shortage of energy supplies have forced agriculture to reinvent,” the company said.

In 2006, through integration and innovation, DQY built the first chicken manure based biogas energy project in the world, producing 14000000 kWh electricity, reducing 84000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.