Southern New England Farms Purchase Digesters

The 450 kW digester at Rockwood Farm in Massachusetts co-digests processed food waste with the manure of 400 adult cows. MMS obtained Rockwood’s approval for this American style, complete mix, in-ground digester in late 2016. At the time of photo, excess biogas partially filled the membrane cover.

After leading RCM’s sales effort in European and Asia we decided to approach the Northeast portion of the USA. Unlike Europe, many American farms are unfamiliar with the anaerobic digestion (biogas) process which can convert all types of farm wastes into electricity, heat, natural gas and high quality fertilizer. It does all this while eliminating methane and reducing global warming.

The American market requires face to face contact with farmers and developers. With dangerously low milk prices “digesters” can provide revenue streams that can save struggling farms.

Acting as RCM Digesters representative we were able to sign contracts in late 2016 expected to total $9 million with three farms in southern New England. The one in Connecticut will become the first modern agricultural digesters in that State. The two in Massachusetts will be among the first six digesters there.

As in Europe this is the right technology at the right time. One key in southern New England is an abundance of food waste which farms are paid to co-digest with their manure. This results in more electricity and further reduction in global warming.

Update: Late in 2016 RCM was taken over and upper management replaced. However, we moved up to representing PlanET Biogas. PlanET is a well established German based company that has built over 450 digester systems worldwide in less than 20 years.

The Rockwood Farm wanted a partner to obtain permits and food waste. We identified a new developer and made the introduction.
Early construction of digester base in foreground at Belden Farm in Hatfield, Massachusetts.