Denis Brosnan-backed poultry manure-to-energy business makes €13m in sales
Irish agri-tech business BHSL has agreed €13m in sales of its manure-to-energy technology, which is aimed at transforming the environmental impact of the global poultry industry.
It has sold eight new BHSL Energy Centre units to large UK poultry farms, which it says will be installed by March 2017.
The patented technology will be shipped from BHSL’s plant in Ballagh, Co Limerick, and represents the first fruits of an expansion strategy announced by the company’s Chairman Denis Brosnan upon his appointment in October.
BHSL’s technology converts poultry manure into energy, which is then used to provide heating for future batches of chicks.
According to the company, its system is the only one available that meets both US and EU environmental regulations, and allows farmers to use manure for power and heat rather than the traditional practice of transporting and spreading it on land as a fertiliser which is increasingly restricted by law due to pollution concerns.
The company also announced that with technology it has installed in Maryland in the US and Norfolk in the UK it is producing electricity for the first time.
It says that the ability to generate electricity in addition to heat allows farmers use the power generated for other purposes on farm when there is less demand for heat in the poultry houses.
BHSL estimates that farms may be able to meet all their energy needs by using their manure as a fuel, thereby reducing costs and improving the sustainability of intensive poultry production.