Horse waste to turn green via new technology from MaxWest
MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc. and Florida Thoroughbred
Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) have announced
a partnership to convert horse waste into renewable energy.
Ocala/Marion County is home to 431 thoroughbred breeding
and training farms covering more than 70,000 acres of
Florida’s pastures. The disposal of horse/stall waste
is a problem that increasingly draws the attention of
state and local government agencies. Currently, individual
farms are responsible for the disposal of stall waste.
MaxWest’s gasification technology will provide FTBOA
members with a convenient, environmentally friendly method
of horse manure disposal.
Horse waste will be trucked from farms, training centers,
sales companies, and other equine facilities across Marion
County to a site owned and managed by the partnership.
The manure will be mixed with wood waste and then gasified
in MaxWest’s integrated gasification system to produce
renewable thermal energy, which will then be used to
produce “green” electric power for sale to the power
The facility is expected to convert upwards of 100,000
tons of stall and wood waste per year. The process should
produce approximately 7.2 megawatts of exportable energy
daily, enough to power over 1,400 homes.
Most recently, MaxWest has focused its technology on
working with municipalities to convert biosolids to green
energy at wastewater treatment plants and is presently
talking with Florida dairies and cattle feedlots across
the United States. The FTBOA project is its first expansion
into working with horse waste.
The MaxWest system works with wood, crop wastes, and
other forms of carbon-based wastes such as plastic. MaxWest
systems are presently operating at facilities converting
wood, cow, chicken, and mixed wastes.