April 29, 2014 2:35 pm

Mechanical stomach for renewable energy built by SRC

Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) builds small-scale biodigester for museum in Ottawa.

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OTTAWA – A museum in Ottawa unveiled its new biodigester Monday built by the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC).

A team of specialists with SRC in Regina designed and built the small-scale demonstration piece for the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM)’s energy park.

This innovative equipment converts cow manure into renewable energy.

A biodigester is like a mechanical stomach. Organic material goes in and is broken down by bacteria in an oxygen-free tank to produce methane.

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The end product, also known as biogas, allows farmers to generate their own power by feeding it into a natural gas system.

Biogas produced from this small-scale unit is the equivalent of 23 litres of gasoline over a one week period.

In Europe, biodigesters have proven to be economical for many years. The majority operating economically in Canada are in Ontario and Quebec.

“This biodigester demonstrates our sustainability efforts, while at the same time strengthening SRC’s position as a leading research and technology provider,” said Dr. Laurier Schramm, SRC president and CEO.

The custom-built machine will allow museum visitors to learn about leading-edge technology coming from Canadian-based research and development.

SRC provides services and products to 1,800 clients around the globe.

Watch the video below: How a biodigester works

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