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Swine of the times: Electricity generation

Home to more than 10 million swine, North Carolina certainly has a lot of pig poop to get rid of.

Storms Hog Farm in Bladenboro, NC, has an answer.  The nearly 30,000 hogs living on the farm in the southeastern corner of the state are powering the Storms Hog Power Plant, a 600-kilowatt waste-to-energy facility.

Collected manure is decomposed in a 1.2-million-gallon anaerobic digester.  The bacteria inside the giant tank break down the manure and generate biogas, which is combusted in an engine-generator that sends electricity to the local grid.  The pig power plant has been operating at full capacity since June and produces enough electricity to offset the consumption of almost 300 homes.

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