Ash Grove Renewable Energy is one of the newest projects to be designed and operated by Dynamic in Lake Benton, Minnesota. Dynamic has partnered with CE bp Renew LLC to develop this anaerobic digester facility. The groundwork has begun as of November 2020. All permits are in place, and construction began fall of 2021!
During the construction phase of this project, there will be a tremendous financial benefit to the community. Local subcontractors will receive work during the process of this project.
Once this project is fully operational, there will be multiple full-time positions that will be essential to run the facility. The setup will include a state-of-the-art nutrient management system. Ash Grove Renewable Energy will utilize 1 digester, running 24/7 to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). The RNG produced will be injected into the interstate pipeline, and used to create compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles resulting in decreased dependency on fossil fuels.
This digester facility is a freestanding project. That means that the one digester on the property will be utilizing the manure from the 2,000 cows within the Ash Grove Dairy. This process provides the farm with the ability to protect natural resources by reducing potential greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, it will allow the farm to decrease the volume of manure to be land applied. As a result of the anaerobic digestion process, there will be more than a 90% reduction in the odor compared to non-digested dairy manure. Local residents will certainly appreciate the reduced odor during the land application of manure.