EnergyWorks : Gettysburg Energy & Nutrient Recovery Facility

Project scope:
27,800 sq. ft. generation plant
6,400 sq. ft. visitor center

Estimated Construction Cost:
$25,000,000 (including processing equipment)

The EnergyWorks Energy and Nutrient Recovery Facility is being planned in an agricultural setting , in close proximity to a major poultry operation in South Central Pennsylvania. The poultry manure generated by the neighboring chicken houses will be transported to the facility, dried, and gasified, creating energy, potable water, and ash which can be used as fertilizer. Through this process, the facility will significantly decrease air and water pollution. The building is the first commercial installation of biomass gasification technology, able to use raw materials with a higher moisture or ash content.

The project includes a Visitor Center which will provide observation of the generation plant, an interactive gallery, and meeting rooms. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification utilizing the following strategies:

  • On site wastewater treatment
  • Daylighting to all occupied spaces including the generation plant
  • Exchanging heat from process equipment to heat the building
  • Recycled barn siding as sunscreening
  • Drought resistant plantings/ rainwater collection system for irrigation