A brand new biogas pipeline in the works in Cayuga County
Cayuga County has massive renewable energy projects in the works, as a vast biogas pipeline is set to be built in the region. Local legislators have an upcoming meeting with the county’s officials to discuss the possibility of the pipeline project that would transmit biogas under the county’s territories and then transform them it into readymade energy. The green pipeline is one the only like it in the nation.
Methane and carbon dioxide make up the primary mixture of biogas. The fuel is a more optimal and cost- effective way of producing energy without the stench of excessive amounts of cattle manure that the involved farms generate.
The pipeline will bring seven major dairy farms in the region together across its 40 miles of reach. The transferred biogas will then be turned into electricity, natural gas or heat at a specifically- appointed generator facility.
Experts have concluded that the excrement produced by every cow every day has the capacity to generate enough fuel for more than 3 kWh worth of electricity. By that measure, the grand total 30,000 cows that are currently located on the seven farms have the potential to yield more than 33 million of kWh. Considering that a garden variety US household utilizes an average of 10,000 kWh yearly, the preliminary numbers look more than impressive.
The produced power will then be sold off to any local company looking to branch out and invest into renewable energy. The project supporters are also hoping to attract new interested investors to the region and its green energy targets.
The area’s activist groups have expressed their support for the new legislature as if passed it has full potential to drastically reduce the amount of methane pollution in the region.
Yet the project may involve some other environmental risks. Biogas in its raw state contains high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a compound that is very destructive to the metal comprising the pipe structure. The manufacturing companies involved in the project have suggested that a stainless steel alternative should be considered to avoid the massive damage that the corrosion can cause.
The project currently has an approximate established cost of somewhere between $3-7 million. A part of that sum will be provided by several federal grants issued to support the legislature. Any further construction, maintenance and repairs will then be fielded by Cayuga County.