Renewable Energy

RCM Digesters
California, USA

Dancing a jig? Dan Woodger of Rockwood Farm in Massachusetts is pleased after launching his 450 kW digester. Muir obtained Rockwood’s approval for this American style, in-ground, RCM digester in late 2016. Currently, excess biogas partially fills the membrane cover.

Most people are supporters of renewable energy but if you ask them what technologies they know, the list ends abruptly after solar and wind. But there is another technology so popular that there are over 15,000 facilities in western and central Europe – and that is biogas. Biogas, or anaerobic digestion, processes such feedstocks as animal manure, food processing waste, corn silage, sugar beet pulp and other organics to create electricity, natural gas, useful heat and in the case of dairies, bedding for cows. It does all this while eliminating the methane which leads to global warming.

Amazingly there only 250 commercial anaerobic digesters in the United States. Why? Largely because there are only two major American based technology providers and neither were proficient in sales. With over 30 years’ experience in business to business sales and marketing we were anxious to provide these needed skills.

We approached the older company, RCM digesters, which had sold fewer than 100 digesters in their 35 year history and asked if we could promote and sell their systems. While difficult to sell overseas due to competition and a strong dollar, we targeted Northeast farms in late 2016 and managed to sell three. Two in Massachusetts and what may be the first modern agricultural digester in the state of Connecticut. These three sales will total over $8 million.

Unfortunately, in late 2016 RCM was taken over by another company 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.

Early construction of the digester tank at Rockwood farm in Granville, Massachusetts. The farm will process the manure of 400 adult cows plus twice that volume in food waste.

From left Dan Woodger of Rockwood Farm, a representative of a generator company, Muir and the featured speaker from TeamAg in Pennsylvania. Conference created by Muir to explain manure management at farms with digesters, a concern of southern New England farms.

This Pennsylvania woman wanted to change careers and develop biogas projects. Recognizing that clients like the Woodgers could use assistance with permitting and food waste agreements, MMS taught her the market,  then introduced her to four farms wanting digesters.

In Beijing office of Jianyan, exclusive Chinese representatives of RCM Digesters. Contract negotiated by Muir for benefit of both parties. Founder of RCM second from left.