Synergy Biogas

Synergy Biogas - Biogas Project of the Year

American Biogas Council 2017 Biogas Industry Awards

October 11, 2017                                                                                                    

Synergy Biogas 

Biogas Project of the Year  

The American Biogas Council is the only national trade association representing the entire biogas industry in the U.S. The ABC represents over 200 companies in all parts of the biogas supply chain who are dedicated to maximizing the production & use of biogas from organic waste.

"Our award this year recognize projects that are great examples for future projects a great new tool for finding nutrient recovery technologies and a champion for the biogas industry," remarked, ABC Executive Director, Patrick Serfass. "We are so proud to be awarding these shining stars of the industry." 

Project Summary:

In 2011, CH4 Biogas built a 400 ton/day mixed waste biogas facility at Synergy Dairy in Wyoming, NY. The facility digests manure from ~2,000 milking cows with food-grade organic waste. Biogas from the digester fuels a 1426 kWh generator.

In addition, the facility produces, on average:

  • 16,000 yd3/yr bedding for the dairy,
  • 30 million gallons liquid fertilizer for land application,
  • 8,000 tons CO2 emission reduction credits, and
  • 6,705 MWh/year of renewable electricity (enough to power 1,000 homes/yr). 

Facility performance was evaluated by Cornell University and found to be the most efficient digester in the state of New York. CH4 and RIT also conducted a microalgae study to evaluate natural systems for reducing phosphorus levels in land applied liquid and produce alternative feedstock for the digester.

What makes this project special?

Synergy Biogas was built in 2011 as a full-scale demonstration project meant to showcase European AD technology that maximizes energy output. In addition to processing manure & organic substrates into biogas, it was one of the first & largest energy producing digesters in New York & was the first of its kind to connect to the New York ISO. Its technology produces clean electricity & reduces greenhouse gases by 10,000 tons/year of CO2, the equivalent of taking 4,000 cars off the road/year.