Cow manure from West Valley dairy will be turned into natural gas

Jun 29, 2021, 2:39 PM | Updated: Jun 30, 2021, 7:26 am

PHOENIX – A sustainable energy company is setting up operations at a West Valley dairy to convert cow manure into a fuel source.

Avolta broke ground Tuesday at the Butterfield Dairy in Buckeye and expects to start producing renewable natural gas before the end of the year, according to a press release.

The company is also planning a facility at the Milkyway Dairy in Maricopa, which should be producing by early 2022.

Avolta expects to make biogas out of 110,000 tons of manure a year from 50,000 cows at the two sites, according to the release.

Biogas is produced when manure undergoes a digesting process that releases methane, which is then upgraded into pipeline quality gas, according to the release.

The product created at the Arizona dairies will be delivered to the Southwest Gas pipeline.

Nacelle Solutions, a technology and service company specializing in gas conditioning, will run the operations.

“Since our family began farming in 1620, we have continuously improved our operations and processes to remain competitive and be a good steward of the land,” Butterfield Dairy owner Tommy de Jong Sr. said in the release.

“Most recently we designed Butterfield Dairy to be carbon neutral through managing our water to support crops and capture carbon dioxide.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Twitter photo / @ArizonaDOT)...

Crash on I-17 sends 5 to hospital; freeway closed in north Phoenix

A vehicle collision on Interstate-17 southbound near Loop 101 and Bell Road hospitalized five people and led to a freeway closure Thursday.
23 hours ago
(Facebook photo/ Phoenix Police Department)...

Man arrested in Phoenix after traffic stop leads to discovery of 39,000 fentanyl pills

A driver was arrested last week after authorities discovered over 39,000 fentanyl pills and $15,000 in the car during a traffic stop.
23 hours ago
(ADOT Photo)...

ADOT opens 4-mile State Route 24 extension in far East Valley

The Arizona Department of Transportation opened a new four-mile stretch of State Route 24 in the East Valley on Thursday.
23 hours ago
(AP photos)...
Danny Shapiro

Maricopa County asks court to sanction Lake, Finchem over ‘demonstrably false’ election suit

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is asking a court to sanction Kari Lake, Mark Finchem and their lawyers for filing an election lawsuit they say is frivolous.
23 hours ago
(Jan Brewer and Kari Lake/Facebook Photos)...

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wants Lake to stop elections rhetoric, pivot to policy

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday she wants Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake to stop her elections rhetoric and start focusing on policy issues ahead of November's general election.
23 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo)...

DPS says traffic stop suspect shot at troopers near I-17 in Phoenix

Arizona highway troopers exchanged gunfire in Phoenix with a suspect who initially refused to yield to a traffic stop, then took off on foot Wednesday night.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Cow manure from West Valley dairy will be turned into natural gas