Monthly Archives: November 2013

ZWE BREAKS GROUND ON ORGANIC WASTE TO CNG FUEL FACILITY

 Press Release
 ZERO WASTE ENERGY BREAKS GROUND ON ORGANIC WASTE TO CNG FUEL FACILITY
Lafayette, California – November 7, 2013 – Zero Waste Energy, LLC (ZWE) is proud to announce the groundbreaking of its latest project, an anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, CA  that will convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The Blue Line Biogenic CNG facility will convert 11,200 TPY of food and green waste into 100,000+ diesel equivalent gallons of CNG fuel. It is estimated that each collection vehicle will collect enough organic waste during just one route to fuel it for an entire day, creating a true closed loop system.

The Blue Line Biogenic CNG Facility will be developed in a partnership with Blue Line Transfer Inc., South San Francisco Scavenger Co., Inc., and Zero Waste Energy, LLC.  The project is essential in addressing numerous AB 32 requirements, diverting almost 95% of the organic waste feedstock from landfills. The project will include a SMARTFERM® anaerobic digestion facility that will transform 11,200 tons of food and green waste per year into compressed natural gas (CNG), produce heat to run the facility, an in-vessel composting system that will mitigate odor issues and provide digestate that will be matured into compost.

“SMARTFERM will give us the ability to reduce the organics going into the landfill by converting that same waste into CNG fuel to power our collection routes. Good for us, the cities we serve, and California as well,” said Doug Button, President of South San Francisco Scavenger, Co., Inc.

The facility is scheduled to commence operation in the second quarter of 2014.

SMARTFERM is a state-of-the-art dry anaerobic digestion system that processes organic waste feedstocks and generates renewable energy. SMARTFERM systems can include […]

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World’s Largest Dry Fermentation Anaerobic Digestion Facility Opens

 
Press Release
 Largest Dry Fermentation Anaerobic Digestion Facility in the World Opens
Crowd Celebrates Renewable Energy Innovation, Less Landfill in San José
San José, CA – November 25, 2013: A grand opening event took place Friday, November 22 for the world’s largest dry fermentation anaerobic digestion facility and the first large-scale commercial facility of its kind in the United States. The facility in San José will process an estimated 90,000 tons per year of commercial organic waste that would otherwise go to landfill, instead converting it to 1.6MW of renewable energy and 32,000 tons compost.

Owned and operated by Zero Waste Energy Development Company (ZWEDC), the anaerobic digestion facility is a joint venture between GreenWaste Recovery and Zanker Road Resource Management. The companies came together to take organics recovery to the next level—composting organic material to keep it out of landfill while extracting its energy value.

“Our company started to transform the way we look at waste,” said Rich Cristina, President of ZWEDC and host of the event. Cristina told the 600+ crowd, “We saw there was no such thing as waste, no such thing as garbage. We looked at the materials collected and being composted and saw the potential for greatness.”

Another firm, Zero Waste Energy, LLC (ZWE) holds the exclusive license for the patented anaerobic digestion technology in the Americas and Asia with 20 projects in the planning and development phase throughout North and South America, as well as China and the Middle East. The facility is enclosed and ventilated and includes 16 anaerobic digesters plus four in-vessel composting tunnels. Dry fermentation anaerobic digestion is a natural biological process whereby bacteria break down organic matter in an oxygen-free environment. Decomposition occurs in several stages and converts organic matter […]

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World’s Largest Fermentation Anaerobic Digestion Facility Built in San Jose

KSBW-TV News

November 22, 2013

The facility will process the organic waste from San Jose businesses and convert the waste to renewable energy and compost.

Read more: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/santa-cruz/World-s-largest-fermentation-anaerobic-digestion-facility-built-in-San-Jose/-/5738976/23117566/-/1degsaz/-/index.html#ixzz2lftiB1p7

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Solid Waste District Pilots Dry Fermentation Digester

BioCycle Magazine
November 2013, Vol. 54, No. 11, p.32
By Abbie Beane

Special events, restaurants and other commercial businesses in the Monterey region of California have found a way to close the compostable waste loop and produce usable electricity at the same time. The electricity is produced via dry fermentation anaerobic digestion (AD) units that came online this spring at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) in Marina.

The pilot AD project is a public-private venture between MRWMD and Zero Waste Energy (ZWE), a California-based engineering technology firm that markets the SmartFerm dry digestion system. William Merry, MRWMD general manager, met representatives from ZWE at the BioCycle Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling Conference in Madison, Wisconsin in 2011. “For a couple years prior we had been considering the next step in diversion and were interested in AD for organic matter,” Merry recalls, noting that AD could help the District attain higher waste diversion. “We decided to try this small-scale pilot, which was relatively low risk and low cost.”

Read full story at BioCycle online.

By |November 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Solid Waste District Pilots Dry Fermentation Digester

90,000 TPY Dry AD Food Waste to Biogas Plant to Open in San Jose

Waste Management World
By Ben Messenger
November 11, 2013

Lafayette, California based organic waste to energy specialist, Zero Waste Energy Development Company (ZWEDC), is set to open its 90,000 ton (81,600 tonne) per year Dry Fermentation Anaerobic Digestion (AD) food waste facility in San Jose – the first large-scale commercial facility of its kind in the U.S.

The company said that the facility will process food scraps, yard waste and other compostable materials from San Jose businesses, converting them into renewable energy and compost.

Read full story at Waste Management World online.

By |November 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 90,000 TPY Dry AD Food Waste to Biogas Plant to Open in San Jose

Zero Waste Energy Breaks Ground on Waste to CNG Facility

Environmental Leader
November 12, 2013

Zero Waste Energy has broken ground on an anaerobic digestion facility that will convert 11,200 tons per year of food and green waste into more than 100,000 diesel equivalent gallons of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel and compost.

The company says the project will divert almost 95 percent of the organic waste feedstock from landfills and estimates that each collection vehicle will collect enough organic waste during just one route to fuel it for an entire day, creating a closed loop system.

To read the full story, visit Environmental Leader online.

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San Jose biogas facility will turn food waste into energy

San Jose Mercury News
By Dana Hull
November 12, 2013

SAN JOSE — The nation’s largest facility for turning food scraps into biogas is about to go online in north San Jose.

The project is a unique partnership between GreenWaste, which collects garbage, recycled materials and compostibles, and Zanker Road Resource Management, which operates recycling facilities. The two firms formed the Zero Waste Energy Development Company in 2011 to take organic recycling to the next level: extracting energy.

To read the full article, visit the San Jose Mercury News online.

By |November 12th, 2013|ZWE News|Comments Off on San Jose biogas facility will turn food waste into energy

Turning Trash into Energy

By |November 5th, 2013|ZWE News|Comments Off on Turning Trash into Energy