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MRWMD Recognized as 2014 Award Winner for ZWE SMARTFERM Facility

Received by California Resource Recovery Association in Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics – Facility Category
 Lafayette, California – July 28, 2014 – Zero Waste Energy’s SMARTFERM facility and the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) have just been announced as 2014 Award Winner of the Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics – Facility Category by the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA).

“With the development and successful operation of your “SMARTFERM” Anaerobic Digestion composting system you have moved not only your operation but our organics industry forward to a new place,” wrote the CRRA. “Your innovative organics management partnership and operation have provided an exemplary leadership example that we look forward to acknowledging.”

CRRA is an environmentally focused professional business organization for people involved in resource conservation through waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting activities.

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) has been composting for over 20 years and began its first landfill-gas-to-energy program in 1983. Opening in February 2013 at the MRWMD, the Zero Waste Energy SMARTFERM facility processes up to 5,000 tons per year (TPY) of source separated organics from local restaurants, generating 100kw electricity and 2,200 TPY finished agriculture quality compost. The electricity is sold to the neighboring regional wastewater treatment plant to help them achieve their strategic goal of getting off the utility grid. The compost is sold locally.

SMARTFERM is a state-of-the-art dry anaerobic digestion system for organic waste processing. The technology’s 21 day batch cycle diverts over 99% of organic waste, reduces greenhouse gases, reduces reliance on landfills and produces a clean, green energy and compost in a closed-loop cycle. SMARTFERM facilities can be designed to develop any amount of organic waste, from 5,000TPY and up and can include biogas-processing technology for combined heat […]

By |July 25th, 2014|ZWE News|Comments Off on MRWMD Recognized as 2014 Award Winner for ZWE SMARTFERM Facility

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

KSBW-TV
November 22, 2013

 

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ZWE Looks to the Middle East for Business Opportunities

Participates in Department of Commerce Trade Mission as Company’s first International Project is Underway
 March 1, 2014 – Zero Waste Energy (ZWE) is participating in the Department of Commerce’s trade mission to the Middle East March 4-18th, led by Secretary Penny Pritzker. The trade mission is specifically focused on export opportunities for U.S. businesses in the infrastructure sector in areas such as project management and engineering (including construction, architecture and design), renewable energy (solar, wind, waste-to-energy), smart grid and energy efficiency, and environmental technologies (including water/wastewater, air pollution control, and waste management). The delegation will visit the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Of the 80 companies that applied, ZWE was one of only 21 selected to take part.

“As the country’s Chief Commercial Advocate, a key part of my job is to promote trade and investment and connect U.S. businesses with potential customers across the globe. The three countries we are visiting on our trade mission to the Gulf Region are among the top 50 export markets for the United States.“

ZWE’s participation in this trade mission takes place as the company has begun work on its first international project in Doha, Qatar. Along with the Qatar-based company, Alwaseeta, ZWE will be designing and implementing a recycling program for the country.
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By |March 6th, 2014|ZWE News|Comments Off on ZWE Looks to the Middle East for Business Opportunities

Turning Food Waste into Energy, CCTV America

 

The city of San Jose, California recently opened the biggest dry fermentation anaerobic digestion facility in the world to change the definition of waste by putting it to good use. The facility was produced by Zero Waste Energy Development Company. It’s nearly twice the size of an American football field. Read More.

By |March 4th, 2014|ZWE News|Comments Off on Turning Food Waste into Energy, CCTV America

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 […]

By |November 27th, 2013|ZWE News|Comments Off on ZWE BREAKS GROUND ON ORGANIC WASTE TO CNG FUEL FACILITY

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 […]

By |November 27th, 2013|Uncategorized, ZWE News|Comments Off on World’s Largest Dry Fermentation Anaerobic Digestion Facility Opens

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.

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Turning Trash into Energy

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

World’s Largest Dry AD Facility to Open November 22nd

San Jose Project Features Zero Waste Energy Kompoferm Technologies
Zero Waste Energy Development Company, Zero Waste Energy and the City of San Jose have teamed up to achieve the ambitious goal of designing and building what will be the world’s largest dry anaerobic digestion facility. At 90,000 tons per year of organic waste, the system will produce 1.6 MW of electricity and an estimated 34,000 tons of high-quality compost. Not only will the system maximize the efficiency of its organics to produce energy and compost, but it will also move the city closer to its Green Vision Goal of Zero Waste to Landfill and Energy from Waste by its 2022 target.

Zero Waste Energy (ZWE)’s high solids AD technology will address the City’s priorities: generating renewable energy and alleviating odor problems. It will resolve the City’s commercial food waste issue, as the Kompoferm system requires minimum pre-processing and can be delivered and loaded using traditional solid waste trucks and loaders. The Kompoferm will also process organics with manageable amounts of contamination, maximize diversion, and produce both local renewable energy and a digestate that can be composted to create a landscape-quality compost.

The San Jose anaerobic digestion project is ambitious in size and scope. When completed, it will be the world’s largest dry AD system, generating 1.6MW electricity. It will feature 16 Kompoferm AD digesters and 4 in-vessel composting (IVC) tunnels to process up to 90,000 tons per year of organic waste throughput in a fully enclosed and ventilated waste processing facility. It will also include 2×800 kW combined heat and power system, mechanical pre-treatment, accessible piping chamber at the digester rear-wall, containerized process equipment on the digester roof and dual-mode lean-gas/emergency flare.

“The City of San Jose is proud […]

By |October 3rd, 2013|ZWE News|Comments Off on World’s Largest Dry AD Facility to Open November 22nd

San Jose building largest dry AD facility in US

San Jose’s Zero Waste Energy Development Facility is targeted for completion in December 2013 and is expected to be the largest Dry Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility in the U.S.

The Dry AD process converts high solid organic waste into green energy. It is projected that the plant will be capable of processing 90,000 tonnes of waste and producing up to 1.6 megawatts of renewable power, enough to power 2000 homes.

Originally published in Solid Waste & Recycling News. Read Full Article

By |September 3rd, 2013|ZWE News|Comments Off on San Jose building largest dry AD facility in US