West Virginia Power Project

The West Virginia Poultry Waste to Energy (POWER) Project was built in 1996, and used a high-temperature anaerobic digestion system to process poultry waste (broiler manure, litter and mortality); and combinations of poultry waste along with the organic fraction of municipal solid waste, fat, oil and grease (FOG) from a poultry processing plant, and municipal wastewater sludge. BioStar's CTO , Dennis Crabtree designed and constructed the integrated system; and operated the facility for five years, where his operational knowledge became the foundation for what is now the BioStar technology.

The POWER Project met or exceeded all of the USDA and West Virginia Department of Agriculture technical goals and objectives.

Five-Year Composite Performance
Total Solids (TS) Reduction 45 - 85%
Volatile Solids (VS) Reduction 60 - 90%
Biogas Yield 10 - 15 Ft3/Lb V.S. Added
Methane Content 50 - 70%
COD Removal 70 - 80%
BOD Removal 75 - 90%
Fecal Coliforms Destruction 99.999%
Total Coliforms Destruction 99.999%
Salmonella Destruction Total
Hydraulic Retention Time = Ten Days

Process efficiencies during the five-year project were validated by the results of more than 7,000 biological determinations and chemical analyses conducted by government scientists in USDA-certified laboratories.