Oakland Farm Eggs has officially unveiled a new project which will see it create renewable energy as part of a multi-million pound investment.
The Griffiths family, which runs Oakland Farm Eggs, at Edstaston, near Wem, has installed new equipment which will turn chicken manure into green electricity.
The energy produced by the poultry manure combustion unit will be used to power the site, with any excess energy being sold or fed back into the national grid.
The family said it now has the largest on-farm CHP litter-burning plant in the world, producing 5MW of thermal energy and close to 1MWe of electrical energy using 74 tonnes of layer manure per day from the farm.
It launched the project to enhance bird welfare by warming the air in the building in which its laying hens live as well as reducing ammonia emissions by eliminating the spreading to land of 35,000 tonnes of poultry manure across the county.
The unit will also generate an organic ash-based fertiliser which can be used by local farmers.
More details to follow.
Article and images courtesy of Shropshire Star.
Elwyn Griffith, Denis Brosnan – Executive Chairman BHSL, Aled Griffiths OBE – Chairman Griffiths Family Farms