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Maryland’s state Board of Public Works has approved a biomass project at an Eastern Shore prison. The project gives Virginia company EcoCorp a 30-year lease of a 4.2-acre site at the Eastern Correctional Institute at an annual rent of $100, writes the Baltimore Sun. EcoCorp will build anaerobic digester that will generate electricity out of a mixture of crops and chicken manure. The company will invest about $5 million to build the plant, and the state will commit to buy the power at an agreed rate for the next 20 years, the Sun said. The plant will use 5,500 tons of chicken and other poultry manure a year, to provide about one-third of the electricity needed to operate the prison complex. It is one of the first facilities in the U.S. to fuel anaerobic digestion with chicken manure. Other plants has primarily used cow manure, the Sun said. Use of biomass renewable energy i...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/12/23/chicken-man...

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