Hurst Boiler is commissioning the first poultry litter-fueled boiler in the U.S. – the world’s third such system – at a Clinton, North Carolina cogeneration facility.
Commissioning is expected in mid-2016 at which time the system will support Prestage Farm’s turkey operations.
The 1600 HP is the first Hurst Boiler system in the country designed specifically to be fueled by poultry litter.
“While we have been carefully evaluating the potential to use litter in our boilers in the U.S. market, one of our solid fuel boilers in Guatemala began running almost three years ago on 100-percent litter simply because it was the most cost effective and reliable fuel,” said Tommy Hurst, of Hurst Boiler Inc. “Since then, two more systems have been installed and are providing steam to poultry facilities using only chicken litter.”
Hurst Boiler says it has developed a system that overcomes the challenges of using litter as a fuel.
“We are well aware of the many challenges and problems of litter as a fuel, which is why we spent an inordinate amount of time and resources making sure that we had measures in place to ensure success in the U.S. market,” said Charlie Coffee, solid fuel boiler sales for Hurst Boiler.
Coffee says there are many unique benefits to using poultry litter. Specifically, the ash from litter is rich in potassium and phosphorous.
“By concentrating these nutrients in ash, these systems can transform the potential risk of phosphorous regulation into an economic asset for companies,” said Coffee.