Blantyre Farms

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Sign of Blantyre Farms

Sign of Blantyre Farms (credit: applynow.net.au)

Established in 2007, Blantyre Farms, located in the region of New South Wales, Australia, is primarily known for its 2,200 sow pig operation. Agricultural operations also extend to crop, beef, wool, and lamb production. In 2011, Blantyre Farms became the first farm in Australia to have a registered project under the government’s Carbon Farming Initiative program when it installed a biogas generator to capture methane from the pig manure and turn it into electricity. The farm has since reduced its power and gas bill from $15,000 per month to now being paid in excess of $5,000 per month for excess power sold to the grid. Hot water is also heated from the generator and used to heat areas for the piglets, further reducing the amount of power needed.

IFES Number: 106

City: Young

State: New South Wales

Country: Australia

Type of Firm: Hog Farm

Main Products: Swine

Size of Firm: 2,200 sow pigs

Technology: Biogas

Year Installed: 2011

Energy Feedstock: manure

Energy Produced: up to 240 kW capacity

Energy Uses: Electricity

Fossil Energy Inputs Replaced: generates all farm's electricity with surplus; hot water to piggery

Money Saved: $20,000/month

Website: http://www.quantumpower.com.au/core/uploads/2013/07/Piggery-Queensland.pdf

Outputs: electricity used onsite and to grid, heat, slurry for fertilizer, RECs and carbon credits

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