PPE has extensive expertise in developing
custom designed creative and innovative projects. The Smithfield Farms Project detailed below is a good
example of a successully completed highly innovative project.
Smithfield Farms, Utah
Converting Animal Waste into Purified Methanol
Smithfield Farms is the largest pork processor in the world. Utah farm houses 750,000 hogs. Together these
animals produce hundreds of tons of waste-every day. What should they do with it? Smithfield Farms posed that
question to the industry, and selected PPE's proposal as the most likely to achieve success.
In response, PPE
designed and manufactured a unique system that benefits Smithfield Farms, local residents, and the environment.
The system captures and cleans the gasses generated from the detritus. After passing through a PPE-constructed
separation system, a steam methane reformer, a reactor with a catalyst, and a distiller, the waste product
becomes purified methanol. This process is achieved with nearly zero emissions.
Smithfield Farms now has an environmentally safer method for dealing with the copious amounts of hog waste
necessarily generated by its operations. It also has a free renewable fuel-methanol-that burns cleaner than
gasoline. Smithfield Farms in turn used this methanol to power another
PPE-constructed facility-its biodiesel plant in Claiborne, Texas.
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to discuss how PPE can handle your process problems.