Circular economy: a plant that generates energy and biofertilizers from swine and poultry waste
In February of this year, Clarín Rural interviewed Antonio Riccillo, who together with his son, also named Antonio, manage the Riccillo Group. At that time, the novelty of the company, which works between the Buenos Aires towns of Saladillo and General Alvear, had been the fitting out of two stabled sheds of 9,000 square meters each with capacity for 3,000 animals for the domestic market and 2,000 animals for export. .
And he was already announcing at that time that he had two bioenergy projects awarded in Renovar 2.
One of the plants, located in General Alvear, was to be inaugurated in March. It could not be due to the Coronavirus pandemic (it will be in November) but the news is that it is already active. It has a power of 1MW that is fed with pig and chicken effluents.
In addition, the biofertilizer they obtain, they seek to use it in their field and also market it to third parties. “The sector lacks biofertilizer, especially that of the fruit and vegetable industry,” said Antonio (P).
The second project is more ambitious. They want to generate 2 MW, which will be fed by all the effluents from the feedlot and the pig. But so far the work is paralyzed due to lack of financing.
The company started in 1990, when it started operating with a pig farm. Currently, it has two farms of 2,500 mothers each where it performs a complete cycle. This is the most important business the Group has. And the goal of the company is to keep increasing the number of farms.
Over the years, they added the production of beef. They do hotel service, housing between 50,000 and 70,000 animals per year and are authorized to export to the European Union at Quota 481.
And they added the two stables earlier this year. Each shed was built with a concrete floor and last week they added the fully automated scrapper cleaning system.
The roofs, which are made of galvanized sheet metal, are at a reasonable height with an opening in the middle. And they have one-thumb-thick polyurethane insulation, which makes it thermal in both winter and summer.
At the moment the waste from the cattle is used as biofertilizer but the project is that they can feed the second plant for the generation of electricity.
And they also added chicken production. It has 6 poultry farms with a capacity for 500,000 birds. It’s not all. The company invested three balanced feed plants that are supplied by the 4,000 hectares that it sows soybeans, corn, barley and sorghum, both owned and rented.