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A British corporation named Fibrowatt Ltd. has built three poultry waste incinerators in the UK (later sold to Energy Power Resources Ltd.). They later set up shop in the U.S. with plans to build many more. Their first U.S. target was Benson, Minnesota, where they built the largest "biomass" incinerator in the country - a 50 Megawatt plant that burns 500,000 tons of turkey litter a year, plus 100,000-200,000 tons a crops and/or agricultural wastes. Before the plant was even built, they sold off ownership of the Fibrominn plant to a New York City hedge fund, ContourGlobal's PowerMinn 9090, LLC. Fibrowatt, LLC (now owned by the holding company Homeland Renewable Energy) is promoting several incinerators in the U.S., but does not currently own any. Organized community opposition has stopped Fibrowatt's plans in several communities in the U.S. and Europe.
Fibrowatt's air emissions have been the subject of controversy. The permit granted for their Fibrominn project allows them to be Minnesota's largest single source of arsenic pollution, their largest source of sulfuric acid air emissions, their 2nd largest source of hydrochloric acid air emissions, and a significant new source of dioxin pollution. Based on air pollution permit data, for several pollutants, Fibrowatt's incinerators would be dirtier than newly-built coal power plants (which we also vigorously oppose).
Once in operation, Fibrominn has racked up numerous violations, including having exceeded permit air pollution limits for nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. As a result, the state of Minnesota fined them $65,000 and required that they install a new sulfur dioxide monitor at a minimum cost of $80,000. See the state's Stipulation Agreement for more details.
Poultry waste is NOT a clean fuel. Biomass is NOT "green" energy.
Poultry litter consists of about half chicken or turkey manure and half bedding (wood shavings and sawdust). Fibrowatt's incinerator projects seek to burn about 75% poultry litter plus about 25% "vegetative biomass," which could be anything from crops grown specifically to be burned to crop residue from traditional agriculture to otherwise "non-valuable" wood cut from logging operations in forests.
There are other companies besides Fibrowatt seeking to build poultry and other animal waste incinerators. However, Fibrowatt is the big player, seeking to build the largest of them - and the only one in the U.S. seeking to make electricity to be sold as "green" energy to gullible consumers.
Fibrowatt tends to come up with new names for each of their projects. Below is a list of existing and proposed poultry litter incinerators. They are targeting communities where there is a concentration of poultry waste production from large poultry agribusiness. They aim to truck in poultry waste from a 50 mile radius, sometimes going as far as 90 miles to obtain their "fuel."
Air Emissions Data for three of the Fibrowatt poultry waste incinerators in the UK (Eye, Glanford and Thetford plants) can be found compiled here: Excel format / PDF format for select pollutants. This data was supplied by the Fibrowatt plants to the UK environmental agency.
Fibrowatt can be stopped!:
|Corporation||Facility Name||City/County||State||Country||Megawatts||Capacity/Fuel |
|EPR/Fibrowatt||Fibropower||Eye||Suffolk||UK||12.7||150,000 tpy poultry litter; See emissions data|
|EPR/Fibrowatt||Fibrogen - Glanford Power Station||Flixborough||North Lincolnshire||UK||13.5||Chicken Litter & Meat/Bone Meal; See emissions data|
|EPR/Fibrowatt||FibroThetford||Thetford||Norfolk||UK||38.5||450,000 tpy chicken litter / other biomass; See emissions data|
|Energy Power Resources Ltd.||Westfield Power Station||Cardenden, Fife||Scotland||UK||10||110,000 tpy chicken litter; See emissions data|
|PowerMinn 9090, LLC (owner)|
Fibrominn, LLC (operator)
|FibroMinn||Benson (Swift County)||Minnesota||USA||50||Went online June 2007|
500,000 tpy turkey litter plus 100-200,000 tpy alfalfa; See Fibrominn permits here (scroll down to Fibrominn); See initial stack tests: 7/4/2007 and 7/6/2007. Pictures available here.
|Fibrowatt||FibroAndes||Patagua Cerro community||Pichidegua town VI Region (State)||Chile||35||300,000 tons/year; Opposition group: Comite en defensa del medio ambiente de Pichidegua|
|Fibrowatt||FibroGeorgia||Hart or Banks County||Georgia||USA||Opposition group: Stop Fibrowatt in Northeast Georgia|
For articles, see FibroGeorgia facility profile.
|Fibrowatt||FibroHills||Elkin, Surry County (initially targeted Wilkesboro, Wilkes County)||North Carolina||USA||After a four year fight against Fibrowatt's proposal to build in Wilkes or Surry Counties, growing opposition from area residents, including the medical community, resulted in the the withdrawal of financial support from Surry County.|
|Enginuity Energy LLC||Steelton (Dauphin County)||Pennsylvania||USA||10||Plan to burn poultry litter to power the ArcelorMittal Steelton steel mill near public housing was fought by NAACP and defeated in 2010. For articles, see Enginuity Energy facility profile.|
|Fibrowatt||Page County||Virginia||USA||Page County Citizens stopped Fibrowatt after a one month campaign in February/March 2010, resulting in Page County Commissioners informing Fibrowatt that they were no longer welcome.|
|Fibrowatt||Augusta County||Virginia||USA||Withdrawn after it was apparent that Dominion Power didn't see buying Fibrowatt's power as financially wise, and that the demand for litter as a fertilizer in the central Shenandoah Valley exceeds the current supply. See: Too Little of Litter? -- Fibrowatt's Poultry Waste Energy Project On Hold, Va. Officials Drop Litter-To-Energy Plan for Valley and this April 2012 report from VA Tech|
|Monopower Ltd.||Killycarran Biomass Combined Heat and Power Plant||Monaghan, Emyvale||Ireland||20||In July 2009, the proposal to site a chicken litter and mushroom compost incinerator at Emyvale, Monaghan in Ireland has been rejected by Monaghan County Council and by The Irish Planning Appeals Board (An Bord Pleanala). Background info on the project available in: Evaluation of Environmental Impact Assessment (5/26/2005).|
|EPR/Fibrowatt & Bio-One||Fibroned||Apeldoorn||The Netherlands||30||385,000 tpy poultry litter|
|Blair Fox Generation||Muchea (Shire of Chittering)||Western Australia||Australia||approx. 11||108,000 tpy poultry litter; opposition website archived here|
|Fibrowatt / Perdue AgriBusiness||Clean Bay Power Project||Salisbury, Wicomico County||Maryland||USA||10|
|Darwalla Group||Mt Cotton (near Brisbane in Redland Shire)||Queensland||Australia||5||60,000 tons per year|
|Proposed (most have been abandoned by now)|
|ContourGlobal||Presidente Castelo Branco||Santa Catarina||Brazil||30|
|ContourGlobal||Santa Catarina||Brazil||60||The company plans a total of 120 MW of capacity, so there may be two other proposals in addition to the other Brazilian proposals mentioned above.|
|Joseph Mitchells (Letham) Ltd.||Letham||Scotland||13,000 tons/year of poultry slaughtering byproducts to be burned in pyrolysis/gasification-style incinerator. Permits granted in 2007.|
|Rose Energy||near Glenavy, Antrim County||Northern Ireland||30||250,000 tons/year of chicken litter (and bone meal residue) to be burned in fluidized bed combustor; Opposition group website: Rose Tinted Energy|
|Energy Power Resources Ltd.||DEPR Netherlands||Moerdijk||The Netherlands||30||358,000 tonnes / yr chicken litter and 20,000 tonnes / yr feathers|
|Energy Power Resources Ltd.||Corby Mixed Biofuel Plant||Corby||Northamptonshire||UK||36||34,000 tonnes / yr chicken litter & 168,000 tonnes / yr waste straw|
|Earth Resources Inc.||Plant Carl||near Carnesville (Franklin County)||Georgia||USA||20||Initially was to go online mid-2007, but in mid-2010, they still haven't started construction.|
Using fluidized bed boiler. Original plan to burn poultry litter has changed to include trash or "biomass." See Plant Carl facility profile for articles, reports and permit documents.
|Fibrowatt||FibroShore||Eastern Shore, MD (Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, or Worcester Counties)||Maryland||USA||38.5||200-300,000 tpy chicken litter plus 100,000 tpy of forestry residues|
|Fibrowatt||FibroMiss||Mendenhall (Simpson County)||Mississippi||USA||40||200-300,000 tpy chicken litter plus 100-200,000 tpy forest residue / crop waste|
|LandStudies, Inc. & Five Winds International||Duncannon Borough, Perry County||Pennsylvania||USA||10||2007 Article about these consultants scoping out poultry waste incinerator possibility. Fibrowatt's technology being considered.|
|Allen's Hatchery & JCR Enterprises||Linkwood (Dorchester County)||Maryland||USA||12,000 tpy poultry litter; burner to be built by rem Engineering|
|West Michigan Co-Gen||Ottawa County||Michigan||USA||4.3||65,000 tpy turkey litter & other animal wastes (cattle and chickens)|
|Barlow Projects||Willmar Biomass Power Plant||Willmar (Kandiyohi County)||Minnesota||USA||18-21||266-300 tpd turkey litter|
|Sites That Were Once Considered|