Campbell to Create Ohio’s First Biogas Power Plant
Campbell Soup Co. has said it will create Ohio’s first commercial biogas power plant to generate renewable electricity at its Napoleon, Ohio, production plant. Campbell will divert 35% to 50% of the waste generated from its soup, sauce and beverage production away from Henry County landfills.
In addition to the Campbell waste, the anaerobic digester will process material from other area food processors, waste recyclers and local dairy farms. It will generate methane gas, which will be used to fuel turbines to replace about 25% of Campbell’s Napoleon facility’s annual electricity use. CH4 Biogas LLC is the technology provider and operator. A 15-year power purchase and services agreement will allow Campbell to use 100% of the electricity generated at a flat cost.
“This new biogas technology will improve Campbell’s Napoleon recycling rate to approximately 95%, reaching the company’s 2020 destination goal for the site early,” said Dave Stangis, Campbell’s vice president of public affairs and corporate responsibility. “The use of biogas energy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of electricity in this facility by approximately 16,000 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of 3,000 cars.”
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