Industry News

BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 55

Biodigester Start-Up

Clean World Partners high solids anaerobic digestion plant in Sacramento.

Clean World Partners high solids anaerobic digestion plant in Sacramento.

Clean World Partners is starting up its high solids anaerobic digestion plant in Sacramento this month. It is designed to convert 10,000 tons/year (25 tons/day) of food waste and other organic residuals from area food processing companies, restaurants and supermarkets into renewable natural gas, electricity and soil amendments. In January 2013, the company will break ground on a scale-up of the system, increasing capacity to 40,000 tons/year. Clean World also is installing, along with Atlas Disposal Industries, an AD-based renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station. The RNG will provide fuel to Atlas’ trucks. Electricity to run the station will also be generated by the digester system.

Wireless Temperature And Humidity Monitoring

Onset, a supplier of data loggers and weather stations, has introduced the HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit that enables users to monitor temperature and humidity conditions, log data for trend analysis, and stay notified of alarm conditions via text or email. Features include centralized monitoring from the desktop and flexible design for system expandability. The kit includes three wireless temperature/ RH data nodes, a data receiver, HOBOware Pro software and sensor mounting accessories. The kit is priced at $899. 

Recyclable Corrosion-Resistant Paper

Cortec's VpCI®-148 grease resistant, corrosion inhibiting paper comprised of biobased materials.

Cortec's VpCI®-148 grease resistant, corrosion inhibiting paper comprised of biobased materials.

Cortec has introduced VpCI®-148, a grease resistant, corrosion inhibiting paper comprised of biobased materials. Unlike wax or polycoated papers, VpCI-148 paper contains a biobased coating and is fully recyclable and repulpable. It is made from natural Kraft paper, and is also fluorochemical free. Typical applications are protection of products for storage and shipment that require lubrication (such as bearing and metal parts).

Digester In Uruguay

A milk powder producer located north of Montevideo, Uruguay has engaged Weltec Biopower for construction of a multiphase 3-MW biogas plant. The first phase includes two stainless steel fermenters, each with capacity of 1.3 million gallons, which will generate 800-kW of electricity. The full output of 3 MW is scheduled to be installed by 2015. The farm currently has around 8,000 dairy cows, but plans to expand the herd and thus the number of digester tanks. The electricity as well as the accumulated exhaust heat will be used in the farm’s manufacturing and packaging processes.

Mobile Screener

Komptech’s Multistar XXL star screener is getting good reviews at Reliable Wood Products in Jersey City, New Jersey, a large-scale processor and wholesaler of mulch, topsoil and compost products in the New York tri-state area. The company has 11 locations that process waste wood, leaves and yard trimmings from area municipalities into compost. The decision to purchase the Multistar XXL was driven primarily by its production volume — around 630 cubic yards an hour. The screen is equipped with heavy-duty components for continuous operation and has large screen decks with wide discharge belts. Reliable also has found the Multistar’s road mobility to be a huge asset. Transport dimensions are road legal without special permitting. “The machine can be up and running 15 minutes after arriving at a site, and it takes just 15 more minutes to prep it for the move to the next site,” says Keith Barton, operations manager.

Toilet Trike Tours Tokyo

To bring more public awareness to the possibilities of turning waste into resources, Japanese toilet manufacturer Toto has built a motorbike that runs on biogas made from livestock manure and household graywater. To drive the point home, and to make sure the project receives plenty of publicity, the vehicle sports a built-in toilet for a seat (but not for actual use). The 250 cc Toto Bike Neo can travel 180 miles on a tank of converted waste and achieve a speed of 45 mph. The bike is currently touring Japan to promote the initiative. The idea is to promote Toto’s toilet and home plumbing products being introduced by 2017 that are designed to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent. 

Biogas Treatment Systems

ESC Energy Systems, a full service biogas treatment equipment manufacturer, specializes in packaged systems that provide ultrapure biogas for power generation applications such as fuel cells and microturbines. ESC Corporation invented the CompHeet® Process, a regenerable biogas treatment system that uses waste heat from compressors and other sources to drive the process. It purifies biogas without increasing emissions excepting for a small amount of water vapor and CO2. The company also markets liquid hydrogen sulfide removal and proprietary biogas moisture removal systems. Projects include installation of moisture and siloxane removal equipment for reciprocating engine generators at the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, California, and a CompHeet system at the Inland Empire’s new fuel cell project in Ontario, California (see “Fuel Cell Power Plant,” November 2012).

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