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Duke Energy Announces Another Swine WTE Project in North Carolina

Duke Energy Announces Another Swine WTE Project in North Carolina

Recently, Duke Energy partnered with Carbon Cycle Energy to capture methane gas from North Carolina’s hog waste to create renewable electricity. And now, Duke Energy is ramping up for its second swine waste-to-energy project, Optima KV.

From these two projects, the company will generate 0.2 percent of its power from swine waste by 2021.

The gas from both of Duke Energy’s projects will be used at the Sutton Combined Cycle Plant to power thousands of residential homes.

WHQR has more information on these WTE projects:

To fuel North Carolina’s pork industry, the state is host to more than 9 million pigs. Turns out, that hog waste is a fuel of its own, and it’s becoming a bigger part of North Carolina’s energy portfolio. Duke Energy announced its second swine waste-to-power project in North Carolina earlier today.

Back in March, Duke Energy partnered with Carbon Cycle Energy to use captured methane gas from hog waste to generate renewable electricity. Just two months later, Duke Energy has announced its second swine waste-to-energy project. Optima KV is set to build digesters at farms in Duplin County, the heart of Smithfield Foods’ pork operations. Optima KV will capture and clean the methane gas before shipping it to Duke’s power plants. The project should be operational by next summer.

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