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My Town: Farm to turn cow patties into power
My Town: Farm to turn cow patties into power

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville farm will soon be powered by animal waste.

Sustainable Partners LLC (Spart) plans to develop an anaerobic digester for Consumers Energy and Beaver Creek Farms, located at 18080 80th Ave. The biogas plant will transform cow manure from the farm, as well as fats, oils and restaurant grease into methane using natural bacteria in an oxygen-free environment.  That methane is then used to fuel a heater and power engine that produces electricity and thermal energy.

Beaver Creek Farm owner Bill Henke says the bio digester will provide additional benefits for his farm- the manure will retain important nutrients for field spreading, but lose the odor and reduce the general hassles of managing manure.

Spart announced construction of its first biogas plant in Lowell earlier this year.  The Lowell Energy AD plant will produce energy that will be sold to Lowell Light & Power.

The Beaver Creek Farm bio digester is one of four on-farm digesters for the Consumers Energy Experimental Advanced Renewables Program.