Thursday, July 24, 2014

Himark BioGas To Build 3 Anaerobic Digestion Plants

12Himark BioGas International has signed an agreement with NEO Energy LLC for the design, construction, and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will recycle food waste to produce organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity.

As part of the agreement, Himark BioGas will act as a technology licensor and owner’s representative on behalf of NEO Energy LLC during the design, construction and operation stages of the plants.

AD plants designed on Himark BioGas’ patented “IMUS” technology can produce renewable energy and pathogen-free fertilizer from food waste (which is what NEO is focused on), source separated organic materials, cow manure, ethanol plant waste/thin stillage, slaughter house waste, food processing waste, and agricultural waste (open pen feedlot, sand-laden dairies, etc.). The IMUS technology also can handle feedstock containing large amounts of sand, dirt, rocks, plastic, and cellulose. Furthermore, with its turnkey, guaranteed-maximum capital cost designs, Himark BioGas guarantees electricity, gas and fertilizer outputs with any kind of feedstock. Himark’s AD plants are developed and integrated with the client’s processes at a rapid pace and the best short- and long-range profitability.

The entire catalog of technologies enjoys protection by patents in the U.S. and various other countries.

Shane Chrapko, CEO of Himark BioGas commented, “The development of the anaerobic digestion plants will positively contribute to effective food waste recycling, profitable pathogen-free fertilizer production, energy self-sufficiency and a reduction in carbon emissions for the local communities. Each ton of food waste diverted from the landfill will reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by just over one ton of CO2 (Equivalent).”

Robert Nicholson, President of NEO Energy LLC, says that “NEO’s anaerobic digestion plants will recycle food waste generated by supermarkets, food processors, restaurants and other institutions and divert that waste away from landfills and incineration facilities. Our plants produce a high-quality organic-based fertilizer while reducing greenhouse gases, preserving landfill capacity and producing renewable energy. Our first plants will also be available to those businesses that will need to comply with the 2014 commercial food waste disposal ban in Massachusetts and the recently enacted law in Rhode Island requiring that food residuals produced by large waste generators be recycled starting in 2016.”

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BioConversion Solutions’ New Biomass to Biogas System Provides Industry-Leading Profits

The Advanced Fluidized Co-Digestion and Co-Generation (AFC2) anaerobic process from BioConversion Solutions (BCS) provides up to 90 percent conversion of organic feedstock solids with no residual sludge. The AFC2 profitable and scalable biomass conversion process is designed for the agribusiness, food processing, commercial co-digestion, and waste management industries.

AFC2 from BCS produces renewable energy and other value-added products including saleable fertilizer and clean water for reuse in agricultural or industrial applications. AFC2 is an evolution of
 BCS’s original AFC technology, which has a 20-year track record of cost-effectively converting industrial waste. AFC2 technology can be used in new plants, and easily retrofitted to existing digesters. Currently, the market value of energy generated from biomass in the US alone was $45 billion.

BCS is currently engaged to provide the first biogas conversion system in Australia’s meat processing industry. The $43 million system will generate electricity, steam, and clean water at Bindaree Beef’s new Bio-digester and Rendering Plant in Inverell, NSW. It will also minimize odor and water issues at the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to Ministry of the Environment standards. Bindaree Beef received a $23 million Australian Federal Government grant for the full-scale beef abattoir biogas project.

BCS is also contracted to install an alternative energy system at a municipal plant in Daejeon, South Korea; the 4th largest City in South Korea. The system will eliminate over 300 million pounds of sludge per year. It will be the largest system of its kind ever built in that country.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MV Technologies Receives $1.2 Million Order for its H2SPlus Technology for Use in a Large Scale Landfill Gas Project

Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER) announced recently that its subsidiary MV Technologies (MV) received a $1.2 million order to supply a high-capacity H2SPlus hydrogen sulfide removal system to a large landfill operation in the Western U.S.

The landfill will install MV’s proprietary H2SPlus system as part of a major initiative to increase the supply of renewable landfill gas (LFG) available for electric power generation, while simultaneously improving the landfill’s odor control.  The project is being managed by a major U.S.-based engineering firm that is working with MV to optimize the system design to meet the landfill’s unique operating conditions.  Upon its completion expected later this year, the project will handle up to 4,700 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas and address hydrogen sulfide (H2S) concentrations of up to 2,000 parts per million.  This will be one of the larger LFG projects in the western U.S.

“The LFG segment of the renewable fuels market is a fast-growing component of our business and this order is an important milestone in establishing MV Technologies at the forefront of this growing opportunity,” said John Jenkins, President of MV.  “Our custom engineered systems have demonstrated unparalleled performance in removing H2S at lower capital and operating costs.  This gives us a key competitive advantage in our industry and provides significant economic benefit for our customers who face increasingly stringent emission regulations.”

“Securing this large-scale project in the LFG sector so early in the first quarter reflects SEER’s commitment over the last year to capture market share in this fast-growing renewable fuels segment and creates tremendous opportunity to achieve or exceed our 2014 goals,” said John Combs, CEO of SEER.  “Establishing solid, long-term relationships with national and highly-regarded engineering firms also represents a key element of SEER’s aggressive growth strategy.”

Saturday, February 15, 2014

ClearCove Systems Receives NYSERDA Funding
 For Biogas Projects

ClearCove Systems Inc. of Rochester, NY announced recently that it had been awarded funding by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to demonstrate a new wastewater treatment system that is expected to save energy while reducing treatment costs.

The technology also is expected to bring an additional benefit: the creation of a carbon-rich byproduct that can be used as a superior fuel for generating biogas through anaerobic digestion.

The demonstration will take place at two sites in upstate New York. NYSERDA has provided $300,000 for these two projects. ClearCove is contributing an additional $300,000.

“This generous support from NYSERDA further validates our vision,” said ClearCove CEO Greg Westbrook. “We believe our technology supports NYSERDA’s goal of allowing wastewater treatment plants to be more sustainable through a combination of energy savings and on-site energy production.”

ClearCove will install its patented system at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility in the Finger Lakes and at the Nott Road Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Capital Region Town of Guilderland.

ClearCove has invented a screening technology that enhances the settling techniques that water treatment plants typically use to process sewage. ClearCove's patented process reduces energy use by removing more organic matter from the waste stream before it undergoes aeration or secondary treatment.

At the same time, the study seeks to show an additional benefit: that ClearCove's
system creates an organic byproduct that can be used for anaerobic digestion -- the
process of breaking down organic materials to create a biogas that is burned to
generate electricity.

ClearCove studies have demonstrated that the organic matter captured by its primary
treatment system and used in anaerobic digestion generates three times more biogas
than organic matter that is typically taken from secondary treatment systems does. This
will allow facilities to even further offset their energy use with on-site renewable energy

The Ithaca plant already has on-site digesters. The Nott Road plant is currently looking
into bringing its byproduct to a nearby digester, which would reduce the facility's
current cost of transporting and disposing the waste.

Jason Turgeon of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1, Lauren Fillmore
of the Water Environment Research Foundation, and Rich Lyons, Executive Director of
the Albany County Sewer Authority, have agreed to serve as advisory committee
members for the project.

EPA reports have estimated that a typical municipal wastewater treatment plant
spends 40 percent of its total operating costs on removing organic matter from
wastewater -- a significant amount, since wastewater treatment can represent one-third
or more of a municipality’s entire utility bill. The ClearCove process removes most of the
organic waste using a low-energy, gravity-driven process.

“We hope to bring our wastewater plant in Ithaca to the point where we are not only
meeting our energy needs with onsite biogas production, but are also generating
surplus energy for outside use,” said Ithaca Chief Operator Dan Ramer. “We anticipate
that ClearCove’s primary treatment process will be instrumental in lowering our energy
consumption and in increasing the amount of bio-methane we are generating in our
anaerobic digesters.”

"I feel ClearCove's Flatline technology could have a dramatic impact on the entire
operational efficiency of the plant, from energy usage to substantial savings in sludge
processing and disposal." said Keith Edwards, Chief Operator of the Nott Road
Wastewater Treatment plant.

ClearCove Systems Inc. is focused on wastewater treatment solutions that produce
cleaner water, reduce energy costs, and enable more efficient production of biogas from
organic waste. Its patented primary treatment process offers greater environmental
protection from storm events and helps wastewater treatment plants to reach energy
self-sufficiency through lower utility costs and greater bio-fuel production potential.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Constellation to Develop 27 MW Biogas Co-Generation Power Plant for City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

Constellation today announced that it has signed an agreement with the City of Los Angeles to design, build and operate a 27-megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant at L.A. Sanitation’s Hyperion Treatment Plant.

Hyperion is among the 10 largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world, according to a 2012 Engineering News Record report. The sewage treatment process at Hyperion generates a class 1 renewable fuel known as digester gas. The new power plant, which will cost approximately $130 million to construct, will use the digester gas produced at Hyperion as its primary fuel source. The power plant will produce steam and electricity that will be used to operate Hyperion’s treatment operations.

“This state-of-the-art facility will reduce emissions at the Hyperion plant and secure for our city a new energy source that is reliable, efficient and sustainable,” said Traci Minamide, L.A. Sanitation’s chief operating officer.

“Constellation is uniquely qualified to develop and operate this integrated, self-sustaining solution for the City of Los Angeles and L.A. Sanitation,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, energy management programs, Constellation. “Our objective is to deliver and operate for the city a power plant that will become a nationwide model for reliable, cost-efficient, sustainable power solutions at wastewater treatment facilities.”

L.A. Sanitation selected Constellation as the project developer after a lengthy competitive bidding process. Constellation and its subcontractors will develop, construct and operate the co-generation facility for 10 years, with an option to extend the agreement for five additional years. Commercial operation of the Hyperion co-generation facility is expected by the end of 2016.