St. Louis company leads biogas project on northern Missouri hog farms

Beginning next month, the manure of northern Missouri pigs will provide energy to far-flung power users connected to a national pipeline system for natural gas.

The biogas project — which relies on anaerobic digestion of animal waste to produce methane — is the culmination of a five-year partnership between St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy and Smithfield Hog Production, the state’s largest owner of pig farms.

Plans are also in place to gradually apply the same renewable energy technology to Smithfield’s nine hog-finishing farms across northern Missouri — a $120 million endeavor that will eventually harness the waste of approximately 2 million pigs and is projected to be the largest biogas project in North America.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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