CH4 Biogas partners with Campbell for Ohio plant

By Anna Simet | November 09, 2012

The developer of New York’s largest on-farm, multi-feedstock anaerobic digester, CH4 Biogas, has partnered with Campbell Soup for a biogas project in Ohio.

Florida-based CH4 opened its Wyoming County, N.Y., plant last summer, and has already begun construction on the Napoleon, Ohio, project, which is located on more than seven acres of land directly across the street from Campbell Soup’s manufacturing plant.

Feedstocks include soup, sauce and beverage waste from Campbell’s plant, about 35-50 percent of the waste it currently generates. Other area industry and farming operations will also be able to leverage the facility as a means for waste disposal, as the digester is designed to handle approximately 450 tons of mixed waste organic material a day, leaving 60 percent available capacity.

CH4 designed, owns and operates the site, and will deploy a co-digestion technology supplied by Danish partner Bigadan A/S, which has been involved in the construction of more than 40 biogas facilities worldwide.

The project is financed by Eksport Kredit Fonden, a Danish state export credit agency, which will provide a debt guaranty on the financing and with investments from CH4 Biogas and BNB Napoleon Biogas.

Power produced at the plant will be sold to Campbell under a 15-year power purchase agreement, replacing about 25 percent of the facility’s electricity use. Construction is slated for completion in mid-2013.

The plant will supplement Campbell’s current renewable energy usage, as it is also adjacent to a 60-acre, 9.8 MW solar system that currently provides 15 percent of its power.