A Frederick, MD-based company, Triea Systems, has adapted their heat-recovery technology to capture and utilize heat generated by composting poultry waste. One test project has been installed in West Virginia, at Cottage Hill Farm. No specific claims have been made by Triea on implications for the health of the Chesapeake Bay. However, the hope is that composted litter will be safer, expanding the uses for recycled litter, and reducing environmental harm. Uncomposted waste is currently sold and used as fertilizer for commodity crops. Triea projects the test system will reduce heating costs from Propane burning by 70%, and will recoup installation costs within 5 years.
– Ben Groff