The first load of organics arrived at Growing Power Hairy Hill, the unique bio-refinery north of Vegreville which uses an anaerobic digestion process to turn cattle effluent and other organics into methane gas, which is converted into electricity and sold back into the grid.
The first batch of lawn and tree clippings was deposited into a covered Quonset before they were loaded into a spreader to remove rocks. From there the science takes over as a conveyor feeds the stock further into the plant to be broken down.
While the process was explained loosely to members of council, the finer details are kept under a tight lid to protect the state of the art technologies at play. The Kotelko’s facility is an example of a closed circuit loop using all waste to create new power, a type of operation that will serve as a model for future efforts to procure greener power and remove dependence on fossil fuels for energy. At present, an ethanol plant is also under construction at the facility to enhance the already considerable output the bio-refinery makes in the production of green products.
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