Methane Recovery from Animal Manures: The Current Opportunities Casebook

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    Growth and concentration of the livestock industry create opportunities for the proper disposal of the large quantities of manures generated at dairy, swine, and poultry farms. Pollutants from unmanaged livestock wastes can degrade the environment, and methane emitted from decomposing manure may contribute to global climate change. One management system not only helps prevent pollution but canalso convert a manure problem into a new profit center. Economic evaluations and case studies of operating systems indicate that the anaerobic digestion of livestock manures is a commercially viable conversion technology with considerable potential for providing profitable coproducts, including a cost-effective renewable fuel for livestock production operations. This casebook examines some ofthe current opportunities for recovering methane from anaerobic digestion animal manures.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages155
    StatePublished - 1998

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by Resource Development Associates, Washington, DC

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/SR-580-25145


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