Manure is going to happen no matter what. It can be held in a holding pond, earthen pits, or even sent to a storage facility amongst other things. Yet, with all of these solutions, you face the risk of runoff losses and odor issues.
With a manure digester through the process of anaerobic manure digestion, the manure can be taken from waste and turned into energy. These digesters turn animal waste into renewable energy that is used to create natural gas and electricity that produces fuel for trucks. They capture dangerous atmospheric gases like raw methane, therefore protecting the environment. Perhaps the best part is that this method of handling manure can actually protect the environment in many different ways.
When used on livestock farms, manure digesters give farmers a great opinion for dealing with their never-ending supply of manure. And, in turn, keep the environment safe from:
- Emissions from methane found in places like storage ponds.
- Dangerous pathogens
- Unwanted odors
At the same time, it produces nutrients that can be used in different ways on the farm and on the land.
Reduce Waste Sent to Landfill
Manure digesters can handle other organic materials in addition to manure, including food scraps (residential and commercial), commercial food processing waste, yard waste, fats, oils, greases, and more. These things can be pulled and processed from other solid waste using an anaerobic digester. And the remaining nutrients can go on to nourish the soil.
Not only does this reduce the amount of buildup in the landfill, but it also benefits it greatly. For example, food waste sent to the landfill will break down over time and eventually release methane gas into the atmosphere. This can be dangerous for the environment.
With anaerobic digestion, rather than causing harm, this waste can be processed and the nutrients can be returned to the soil for nourishment.
Healthy soil is always necessary for optimal growth. And manure digesters work to create a nutrient-dense fertilizer that can seriously boost the health of the soil. Liquids and solids are used in different ways to add to the soil and various types of technology used alongside the digester can make this happen. As a result of this, soil can benefit the farmers in many ways, including:
- Boosting growth – and health
- Minimizing the need for pesticides
- Eliminating the need for fertilizers containing chemicals
- Reducing irrigation needs
These benefits can continue for as long as the digester is used.
Additional Environmental Perks
Getting manure digesters to become a normal part of the agricultural industry has not come without its challenges, such as purchasing the equipment, managing it, maintaining it, and even using it properly to name a few. But that has not stopped the positive environmental impact it has had. In addition to the above, manure digesters:
- Significantly reduced greenhouse emissions
- Enhanced fertilizer
- Reducing manure pathogens
- Lessening the odors produced by raw manure
- Making nitrogen more stable and available to crops
- Lower costs for heating, natural gas, and electrical
- A stable flow of nitrogen availability
- Additional income flow from the sales of energy
The more manure digesters are implemented into farming, the greater the production of renewable energy on a local level.
Organic Waste Digesters at Ro-Flo Compressors
Biogas production using manure digesters has shown a lot of promise in benefiting our environment. And the agricultural sector is catching onto this. And it is showing great rewards for their farm’s bottom line, too. Ro-Flo Compressors is leading the way.
Ro-Flo Compressors has been manufacturing various compressors since the 1930s, and now their products are used in over 60 countries. They manufacture low-pressure, high-pressure, HP, and two-stage compressors.