McKinney, Texas [July 12, 2017] – Global Re-Fuel is an energy technology company that is poised tomake a significant impact on poultry farming. Its PLF-500 biomass furnace offers a pioneering farmtechnology that addresses financial, health and environmental issues facing the agriculture industry.
Global Re-Fuel’s warm-air biomass furnace – now in use on a farm in Texas – converts raw poultry litterinto energy, providing heat to broiler houses while creating a pathogen-free organic fertilizer.“
A ton of litter has the equivalent energy content of 67 gallons of propane. Extracting that heat andusing the ash as fertilizer is a really good situation, which not only helps farmers, but is also beneficial tothe environment,” says Glenn Rodes, a farmer who has used the technology on his Virginia poultry farm.
As the number of poultry operations in the U.S. increases, so do the attendant problems. Today, thereare more than 110,000 broiler houses in the country, with that number expected to exceed 131,000 by2024, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) growth projections of the industry. More than32 billion pounds of poultry litter were generated in 2015. That number is expected to grow to morethan 37 billion pounds per year by 2024, which will exacerbate the soil nutrient overload thatcontributes to runoff pollution into US waterways.
In addition, poultry farms require a great deal of propane to heat broiler houses, with the averagebroiler house using about 6,000 gallons of propane each year. In 2015, more than 8.5 million tons of CO2were emitted from burning propane to heat broiler houses, and that number is projected to grow toalmost 10 million tons by 2024, according to the USDA. Global Re-Fuel’s technology eliminates nearly100 percent of propane usage, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 70,000 lbs/yr/house.“
The Global Re-Fuel PLF-500 increases farmers’ operating margins, decreases pollution, eliminatespropane usage – which reduces CO2 emissions – and improves poultry living conditions,” says RockyIrvin, a founding member of Global Re-Fuel and a poultry grower for more than 10 years. “It’s good forthe family farm and the environment.”