Chicken litter – the next fuel source?


The problem of what to do with an increasing amount of chicken litter has been solved.

In a project carried out by Gas Technology Institute, it has been found that the litter can be gasified to produce hydrogen and generate electricity by using a solid fuel cell.

The project, funded by the US Department of Agriculture, Earth Resources, GTI and the University of Georgia, found gasification has the potential to provide a cost-effective, environmentally benign disposal option for the litter while also providing heat, power, fuel – eg hydrogen – and fertilizer.

Traditionally litter has been used for fertilizer as it is rich in nutrients, but a rise in poultry farms, a decrease in the availability of land and potential negative environmental impacts are creating concerns about this disposal method.

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