Renewable Energy Generated from Pig Waste
March 15, 2011
A pig farm near Sitiawan province is set to become the first in the country to generate renewable energy from animal waste. Dindings Farms Sdn Bhd farm manager Dr Ch’ng Chee Keong said they are currently building a biogas conversion plant to convert methane gas from waste into electricity. “Once operational, the plant can generate up to 500kW of electricity,” he told reporters after a visit by Perak executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon and state Veterinary Services director Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassam Nizam to the farm at Segari yesterday. “The electricity generated will be sufficient to power up the farm, making us the first ‘green’ hog farm,” said Dr Ch’ng. The plant, which cost about RM4mil, is expected to begin operation in November, according to The Star. Dr Ch’ng said the farm could save up to RM35,000 every month once the plant becomes operational. “We hope the state government could provide us with some incentives to continue running our farm,” he added. Dr Ch’ng said they have switched to modern pig farming as it was more hygienic and environment-friendly. Dr Mah said Dindings Farms was one of 17 pig farms in Perak that have adopted modern farming techniques. He said there were a total of 131 pig farms in the state, with the others still having some issues with matters pertaining to land usage and land conversion. Dr Mah also urged other pig farms to follow in the footstep of Dindings Farms in using the biogas converter system.
In fall, 2010, a new farm scale biogas plant started its operation near the town of Cerignola in Foggia, Southern Italy. The plant design along with its construction was implemented by the... more