Weaver Farm, Pendleton County, West Virginia

The Farm

Mike Weaver grows broiler chickens in two poultry houses that are retrofitted with energy efficiency improvements. His farm includes a pond, 80 acres of pastures, and upland wildlife habitat conservation. The farm produces approximately 300 tons of excess litter every year that is stored in the covered litter shed and sold off of the farm.…

Global Re-Fuel Furnace on Rohrer Farm, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Weaver Farm, Pendleton County, West Virginia

The Technology

The Global Re-Fuel furnace (PLF-500) by Wayne Combustion Systems was installed on two farms in 2014 as demonstration projects for the Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative. The furnace uses poultry litter as a fuel and was designed to deliver heat via hot air to poultry housing.

The Farms

Mark Rohrer’s poultry houses in Lancaster County, PA, are on land that has been farmed by his family for generations.…

Start-Up Questions and Considerations for Manure-to-Energy Projects

Thermal, manure-to-energy systems have great potential to benefit both farms and the environment, but they are still relatively new. The technology comes with many variations, some of which are still in development. Existing commercial products have not been on the market for long, and long-term performance data from systems that have been in continuous operation in a farm-setting is currently not available.…

Bio-Burner 500 on Riverhill Farm, Rockingham County, Virginia

The Technology

The Bio-Burner 500 by LEI Products was installed in 2015 on Riverhill Farm in Rockingham County, VA, as a demonstration project for the Farm Manure-to-Energy Initiative. The Bio-Burner 500 is a combustion system that uses poultry litter as a fuel.

Hot water from the Bio-Burner delivers heat to a turkey poult house via a radiant floor heating system that is used to supplement heat from a traditional propane heating system.…