San Jose Anaerobic Digestion/Composting Plant
Zero Waste Energy Development is led by local companies GreenWaste Recovery and Zanker Resource Recovery and Zero Waste Energy for the purpose of developing with the City of San Jose the first-of-its-kind dry fermentation anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting ("IVC") facility utilizing KompoFerm technology. The KompoFerm dry AD system and IVC is licensed exclusively to ZWE.
The City of San Jose selected Zero Waste Energy Development for a 15 year contract to process all of the City's commercial organics under a new city-wide, collection system.
Once this three phase project is complete, the facility will be processing over 270,000 tons per year of organic waste that would otherwise be disposed in a landfill. This increase in landfill diversion and production of renewable energy will help the San Jose and surrounding cities to meet its economic development goals and reduce its per capita energy use. The high quality compost produced will be used to enrich soils, while the renewable biogas will not only be sold as energy for the utility power grid, but will also be used to fuel local plants and facilities.
The plans are being finalized, site preparation has begun, and facility construction will start in September, 2011 with operations begining December, 2013.