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Michigan dairy farm produces electricity from manure

Brian Geerlings estimates his 2,000 cows produce enough milk each day to supply each resident of Grand Rapids with an 8-ounce glass of milk.

But that's not all his cows produce. Thanks to three "anaerobic digesters" that process the manure on the "back end" of the farm, the Scenic View Dairy also generates enough electricity to power more than 700 homes.

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GE recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd to collaborate in spurring the development of the biogas industry in Malaysia. GE and Cenergi have been working together since 2013 with Cenergi running GE's Jenbacher gas engines using its palm oil mill effluent (POME) in its biogas projects. More>>

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[Video] Massachusetts provides biogas and CHP incentives
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