Innovative technology from Ireland has come to our shores.
The Double Trouble Farm in Maryland now has an invention that converts chicken manure to energy. This machine was created by Irish agri-tech company BHSL. This is the first machine of its kind to be used in the United States. It has multiple functions that could benefit Maryland, and the country as more units are put in place.
The machine provides a good use for chicken manure and gives farmers a way to clear it from land. The energy it generates powers chicken houses and provides better air quality for the animals. It also lowers ammonia levels found in chicken houses. Since people eventually consume these chickens, better air for them means healthier meat for us.
The state produces more than 300 million chickens a year. These chickens make about 1.2 million tonnes of manure, and this overflow causes pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The BHSL machine could eliminate this issue. As pollution levels decrease, poultry production could increase because farmers will have a safe place to put the waste from the chickens.
BHSL Chairman, Denis Brosnan, states "We have a technological solution that can help address the pressing challenge of cleaning up Chesapeake Bay and reducing the impact of manure from the poultry industry."
The increase of poultry production should bring more jobs to the area. Governor Larry Hogan addresses the changes this technology could make, commending "the entire Double Trouble Farm team for leading the way for farmers to improve water quality, increase energy independence, and improve animal waste management to ensure the sustainability of animal agriculture in our state."
Poultry and agriculture are top industries in Maryland and this new technology can improve both. BHSL hopes to expand to other states as they follow the progress made with their unit in Maryland.