In July of 2010, Bubbly Dynamics LLC acquired the former Peer Foods meat processing plant at 1400 W. 46th Street in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and renamed it The Plant
The Plant is a new kind of organization in a very old building. It’s part vertical farm, part food-business incubator, part research and education space – and it will be entirely off the grid.
What does it mean to be net-zero energy?
The Plant will produce all of its own electricity and heat on site and using proven technologies. Our anaerobic digester will take in food waste (everything from spent distillers grains to vegetable produce waste to beef-fat sludge), digest it, and release methane into a combined heat and power (CHP) system. This system will supply the building with heat and electricity. The Plant will remain connected to the public electrical grid and natural gas pipeline, providing us not only with a backup power source but also the possibility of feeding our surplus electricity back to the public grid.
So while we may occasionally take power from the grid, we will also be giving it back, leaving us with a net-zero usage level.
The Plant is a former meatpacking plant that is being transformed into a vertical farm in Chicago’s former Union Stockyards.
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