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Campbell Soup to create Ohio’s first biogas power plant

November 08, 2012
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CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. has partnered with renewable energy company CH4 Biogas to create the state of Ohio’s first commercial biogas power plant.

Campbell will direct waste generated from its soup, sauce and beverage production in Napoleon, Ohio, diverting 35 to 50 percent of its current waste away from Henry County landfills.

The anaerobic digester will process material from area food processors, waste recyclers and local dairy farms, generating methane gas that will be used to fuel turbines that will produce energy for Campbell’s existing beverage production and offsetting fossil fuel use. The power generated for the beverage facility will replace about 25 percent of Campbell’s Napoleon facility’s annual electricity use. A 15-year power purchase and services agreement will allow Campbell to use 100 percent of the electricity generated at a flat cost.

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“This new biogas technology will improve Campbell’s Napoleon recycling rate to approximately 95 percent, 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.”

The biogas power plant, Napoleon Biogas, will be located on more than seven acres of land directly across the street from the Campbell site in Harrison Township. CH4 designed, owns and operates the site, acting as stewards of the land, protecting the watershed, and recycling and processing the organic waste in an environmentally sustainable way. Other area industry and farming operations will also be able to leverage the facility, as the digester is designed to handle approximately 450 tons of mixed waste organic material a day, leaving 60 percent available capacity.

Construction is underway and slated for completion in mid-2013.

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