BLADENBORO, NC (WECT) - Storms Farm in Bladenboro is now home to an energy system that turns hog waste into energy. It's a concept even surprising to the farm owner.
"If you would have told me we'd be standing here making electricity out of hog poop," William Storms said, "I doubt anyone would believe you."
Manure and hog mortality waste gets decomposed in a giant facility that holds 1.2 gallons of hog waste. The waste breaks down in an anaerobic digester which gets rid of any pathogens and odor. Methane gas is collected then sent into a generator which produces energy.
The amount of hog waste produced at storms farms is enough to power 300 homes.
The high powered technology has been in development for six years by AgPower Partners LLC, DVO, Inc., Martin Machinery, Inc./Gen-Tec LLC, Energy Cube LLC, Withers & Ravenel, Inc., CohnReznick LLP, NCEMC and Barnhill Contracting.
The technology can be controlled by a smartphone.
Developers believe Storms Hog Power is the future of farming to control waste from livestock while also helping the environment.