About CleanBay

Founded in 2013, CleanBay Renewables is developing utility-scale bio-refinery facilities to recycle chicken litter in agricultural areas across the Delmarva Peninsula. Through the process of anaerobic digestion, these plants create renewable natural gas, electric power and a stabilized slow-release fertilizer that can benefit local agriculture.

The sustainable processing of waste is one of the significant challenges facing our generation. We are seeking to harness science, technology and economics to tilt the balance back in favor of nature while protecting our agricultural sector that provides a vital service to humanity.

Our Model

All CleanBay plants provide the same environmental and energy generation benefits to the region. While each CleanBay plant will be slightly different in layout, the digestion process for each facility is fully enclosed.

Chicken litter is inserted directly into the tanks and is never left in a pile, creating a cleaner process that fully reuses the waste stream. Each plant will be able to process and beneficially reuse 120,000 tons of chicken litter each year.

 Anaerobic Digestion

Chicken litter will be delivered to CleanBay facilities on trucks that are completely enclosed. The material will then immediately be transferred into the digester tanks and mixed with water. The tanks provide an oxygen-free environment where bacteria thrive and break down the waste, releasing methane gas (the same gas used in home heating).

Biogas Renewable Power

The natural gas created during anaerobic digestion will be used to power electricity generators or provide renewable natural gas that can deliver reliable power and heat to thousands of local homes. To make the gas ready, a special catalyst purifies it by removing water and other gases produced during the digestion process. The result is a clean renewable gas, produced from turning waste into energy without the need to burn the litter.

Nutrient Stabilization

Phosphorus is a naturally occurring nutrient essential to food production. However, an over supply of phosphorus in bodies of water like the Chesapeake Bay, often from agricultural runoff, can be damaging to aquatic life. CleanBay’s technology removes and stabilizes phosphorous to create a slow-release fertilizer. As a result, more nutrients reach nearby plants, significantly reducing runoff concerns. The remaining material also has a high humic acid content to help farmers better manage nutrient delivery.

Our Core Principles

Reduce environmental waste that endangers the Bay we all love.

Create renewable power and gas you can count on.

Provide new economic opportunities to communities.


CleanBay Renewables is looking to build at least five new facilities on the Delmarva Peninsula and is actively discussing site options in both Maryland and Delaware.

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The Technology

CleanBay Renewables is partnering with industry leaders in the construction and operation of anaerobic digestion facilities. In addition, our field-tested nutrient stabilization technology enables us to safely remove and bind phosphorous during the process further protecting the Bay.


The CleanBay leadership team is made up of proven executives and subject matter experts with more than 20 years of experience developing biomass conversion and production facilities.

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Biogas facilities operating in the U.S. today
Tons of Delmarva chicken litter produced yearly
Tons of chicken litter completely recycled in the average CleanBay facility
Equivalent number of U.S. homes powered by the average CleanBay facility


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