Turkeys could play key role for U.S. energy

TEXAS - Maybe Midland should take up raising turkeys if it really wants to maintain its place as an energy leader in the nation.

It seems that turkeys hold a messy key to the energy of the future -- turkey dung that is.

A Minnesota company plans to take turkey leftovers to a whole new level after it finishes construction of a power plant fired by the birds' droppings. It may not be the total answer to relieving the United States' addiction to foreign oil, but the plant will burn 90 percent turkey dung and create clean power for 55,000 homes.

While the idea seems unique enough, it's not even a new idea. Three poultry litter plants have already been built in England, but the Benson, Minnesota-based facility will be the first large-scale plant of its type in the U.S.and the largest in the world, according to operator Fibrominn, a subsidiary of power plant builder Homeland Renewable Energy, LLC of Boston.

In the business, turkey dung is prized over pig excrement and cow chips.

Source: mywesttexas.com
calendar icon 23 March 2005
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