Skinner AgSolutions Inc. – Equipment and Services
Manure Handing | Biogas | Nutrient Recovery
About the Company:
Skinner AgSolutions, Inc. has over four decades of experience in serving the agricultural waste marketplace. A long-time supplier of pumps, mixers, valves and other equipment, Skinner AgSolutions began to specialize in the Ag Waste/Biogas industry in 2009. They have since specialized in providing custom-engineered equipment solutions for dairy and hog waste management across the country.
Skinner AgSolutions focus’ on three areas — Manure Handling, Biogas and Nutrient Recovery. Beyond just providing the equipment needed, they partner with you to design the complete waste management system for your farming operation.
Whether a new installation, a retrofit or update of an existing system, or the rental of a pumping and handling system for seasonal use — Skinner AgSolutions stands ready to address your specific needs.
About the Solution:
Skinner AgSolutions Inc. has expertise and equipment to help address issues in every area of your manure management system.
Preliminary Pit – Depending on the amount of dry matter in the waste substrate, Skinner AgSolutions can help you select the right pump to move the manure to the collection pit with minimal blockage.
Collections Pits – The liquid manure must be agitated to prevent stratification, so high-speed submersible mixers are needed at this stage Skinner AgSolutions has a selection of mixers that can handle the job.
Silage Water – Captured silage water can be used as fertilizer and pumped into a digester or directly into the substrate end storage container.
Substrate Mixing – In order to maximize the potential energy of the substrate, it must be treated and processed. Homogeneity, temperature and solids content are the keys at this stage in the process.
Digester – Skinner AgSolutions has large “banana mixers” that are used to ensure the controlled mixing of the substrate, as well as pushing gas bubbles to the surface.
Post-Digester – At this stage, the substrate is more fluid and requires less agitation. Compact and medium-sized mixers prevent stratification and help transport gas to the surface.
Condensate Pump – A key step in the biogas production system is the removal of water. The Flygt Compit is the ideal pump station for use as a collection pit for biogas percolating juices and condensate. Optional pumps with external choppers are available from Skinner AgSolutions.
Substrate End Storage Container – The final destination for the fermented substrate is the end storage container. The substrate is homogenized with mixers and then a submersible pump moves it out for field application or for subsequent nutrient recovery.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.
General Support & Other:
- Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
- Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
- This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.
Skinner AgSolutions, Inc. offers a wide variety of systems and equipment for manure management, biogas generation and nutrient recovery. Located in central Illinois they have the ability to work with dairy and hog operations across the country. Newtrient will continue to coordinate with Skinner AgSolutions and make specific information available on the solutions that they provide.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY