GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engines will use biogas created from chicken manure to generate needed power and heat at a large chicken farm in China.

Located in YanQing District, about 50 km north of Beijing, the farm owns three million chickens, producing 220 tonnes of manure and 170 tonnes of wastewater each day. The farm’s new cogeneration system features an anaerobic digester system to treat the waste material, producing enough biogas to fuel two GE’s Jenbacher JMS 320 GS-B.L gas engines.

The plant has an installed capacity of more than 2 MWe for use at the chicken farm. Additionally, the plant’s thermal output is used to support the chicken waste fermentation process and also heat the chicken farm in the winter.

The Beijing Deqingyuan Chicken Farm Waste Utilization plant will supply some 14,600 MWh of electricity per year and will qualify for the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

GE’s agreement also includes spare parts and training for the cogeneration plant operators. The owner of the project is the Beijing Deqingyuan Agricultural Technology Co. Ltd. of Beijing. Other key participants in the chicken farm cogeneration project include Huadian Engineering of Beijing, the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

‘This biogas project will quickly pay for itself by meeting the customer’s demand for cost-effective electricity and heat,’ said Jack Wen, president and CEO of GE Energy China. ‘We estimate that the customer will save more than US$1.2 million a year in electricity costs alone’, he added.