Could carbon free farming be just around the corner? - Alchemy Utilities

The delivery and rapid deployment of the first Alchemy TD system at Glen Beg Farm, Monaghan in Ireland has surpassed all our expectations. From arrival at site, seamless installation and ramp up to gas production with a 68% methane content in 4 weeks is a truly amazing achievement. Our new technology seems destined to propel old world Anaerobic Digestion well into the 21st century with the Alchemy’s TD delivering Plug and Play technology – could this be the new age of farming and food production. Is it possible that Carbon free farming is well within reach in 2019? Glen Beg produces around 1,925 tonnes of manure from its 5 poultry units from which the Alchemy TD can generate sufficient renewable energy to run the whole poultry operation year round – a displacement of around 192,500 litres of oil equivalent or 1.4 million kWh of energy per annum.

The digester system comes pre-assembled and factory tested ensuring an incredibly quick installation and rapid commissioning period which just outclasses the hugely complex AD projects of the past and de-risks the high investment. What used to take a minimum of 12 to 24 months to plan and install can now be achieved in 6 weeks – with a higher gas generation output – a substantially lower investment – and reduced waste input. The reduced quantum of waste is one of several major benefits of the Alchemy TD ‘disruptive technology’ system, which enables it to be accommodated on smaller farms, thereby eradicating the need to transport waste from other farms or factories. This will transform the carbon footprint of agriculture making carbon neutral or carbon negative farms a real possibility within 2019.

The show site facility at Glen Beg in County Monaghan is the first demonstration of the Alchemy TD technology as part of an AgroCycle Horizon 2020 project. This AgroCycle project, under the custodianship of University College Dublin forms stage one of the demonstration by Alchemy Utilities of the valorisation of poultry litter. In other words, helping poultry farms turn manure into hard currency. The same technology can be applied to dairy, beef and pork farms as well as food and beverage producers with organic waste streams such as creameries, breweries and distilleries.

The old adage, “where there’s muck there’s money” could take on a whole new meaning for farmers of the future.