For many astute Canadian farmers manure is money. Powerbase Energy Systems Inc. in Carleton Place is proving them right with their made-in-Ontario Synergy Biogas system. This small-scale biogas system converts agricultural organic waste like manure into heat and electricity, offering the Canadian agricultural industry an opportunity to save on electricity costs and potentially benefit from another source of income.
As Ontario considers more ways of stimulating green sector economies, innovative companies like Powerbase stand as trail blazers in the development of renewable energy and bio-fuel products.
Ontario’s livestock industry generates and estimated $4 billion in annual cash receipts. However, input costs are rising, placing increased pressure on the agricultural industry. Anaerobic digester technology can help to reduce some of these costs.
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The Powerbase commercialization project is made possible in part through the Ministry of Economic Development’s $80 million, four-year Eastern Ontario Development Fund. The project will:
Ontario’s dairy farming sector alone could contribute 500 MW of generating capacity to the provincial electrical grid, while offering farmers an attractive income from energy and greenhouse gas emission credits, as well as the improvement of manure management and agricultural waste product disposal.
“We’re thrilled about the government’s support of our new product and are encouraged by the opportunities this will create for our community, as well as the sales and export potential this means for us,” said Rob Morley, President of Powerbase Energy Systems Inc.
Powerbase Energy Systems Inc. also designs, manufactures and markets automation control systems for small hydro power generation systems, typically under 20 MW. The Powerbase Platform offers a low-cost, modular approach to powerhouse automation, providing a unique and complete control system from water to wire.
There’s more to cows and pigs than milk and bacon!
There are approximately 8,000 farms in Ontario that could operate
a 100-200kW bio-fuel Powerbase system and convert manure into energy.