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Campbell's Adds Biogas Power at Ohio Manufacturing Plant

Campbell Soup Company announced a partnership to generate renewable biogas from waste associated with the company’s soup, sauce and beverage production in Ohio. 

The biogas facility will be the first of its kind in the state and will divert 35 to 50 percent of Campbell’s waste away from area landfills, while providing approximately 25 percent of the electricity needs at Campbell's Napoleon manufacturing plant.

An anaerobic digester at the biogas facility will process Campbell’s organic waste into methane gas, which will be used to fuel turbines to produce electricity. The anaerobic digester also will process the waste from other area food processors, waste recyclers and local dairy farms, however Campbell’s signed a 15-year power purchase agreement to use 100 percent of the electricity generated at a flat cost.

“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, Campbell Soup Company. “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 Biogas designed, owns and operates the facility, which is designed to handle approximately 450 tons of mixed waste organic material a day. Campbell’s waste is expected to fill roughly 40 percent of that capacity.

The site is adjacent to a 60-acre, 9.8 MW solar system installed for Campbell’s in 2011 by BNB Renewable Energy Holdings. That system currently provides 15 percent of power for the Napoleon manufacturing plant.

Last month, UK Grocer Waitrose achieved zero waste in part by converting unsold food to electricity via anaerobic digestion, and Marks & Spencer is doing the same with food waste from its Simply Food stores.

@Bart_King is a freelance writer and communications consultant.

Bart King is the principal and founder of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. Follow him @bart_king and on LinkedIn.

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