AET was chartered in Ohio on June 27, 2007 to profitably solve the increasing environmental problem of how to dispose of the billion tons of commercial animal waste created by the US Dairy, poultry, hog and beef feedlot industries while meeting state and federal EPA compliance standards for their energy conversion system and raw material suppliers within the US agricultural industry.
This waste problem amounts to 1 billion tons per year for all US commercial livestock, as reported by the New York Times on January 27, 2008.
The agricultural waste-to-energy conversion system in Darke County, Ohio, to be owned and maintained by Ag-Environ-Tech, LLC (AET), located in Cincinnati and overseen by Norton Engineering LLC in Dayton, Ohio will convert animal manure and other waste materials into valuable by-products that the company will market. These products include electricity, synthetic diesel fuel, methane gas, bio-char and other elements removed in the waste-to-energy conversion process.
AET has already produced solid fuel and livestock bedding products from dairy manure, giving AET a real and sustainable competitive advantage over others attempting to develop a profitable animal waste-to-energy conversion system. To the best of our knowledge, no other company has developed a complete, affordable and profitable animal waste-to-energy conversion system that also brings US agricultural industries into compliance with state and federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Our first system will be installed in Darke County, Ohio, which has Ohio’s second largest farm animal population.
An important efficiency of the AET system is that it will operate on the electricity and methane it produces. This means that both supply and energy costs are always under control. We will produce alternative sources of energy with an environmentally sound system that will be financially self sustaining.
We have no competition within a 50 mile radius (optimal raw material procurement distance) of our proposed Darke County, Ohio site.
The environmental benefits of processing manure into fuel include cleaner air and water. Some dairies, egg producers and beef feedlots get rid of manure by sluicing it off into lagoons which produce methane gas that escapes into the air. Methane gas has a global warming effect that is 21 times that of carbon dioxide, so by using the methane gas we generate for energy production in our waste conversion process we significantly reduce green gas emissions. Because manure that is used in our process is not washed off land surfaces by rain and irrigation into local rivers and streams, the local watershed is protected.
In addition to creating unpleasant odors, pathogens in manure can make water unsafe to drink or to use for recreation. The AET system eliminates these pathogens during the waste-to-energy conversion process.