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First SMARTFERM dry anaerobic digester in U.S.


February 1, 2013
By Brandi Cowen


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The SMARTFERM system represents a new generation of organic waste management strategies to maximize energy and compost production. (Courtesy of SMARTFERM.com.)

The first dry anaerobic digester utilizing SMARTFERM technology to turn organic waste into electricity and high-quality agricultural compost has launched in the United States.

The digester, which represents a joint project by the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) in Monterey, Calif., and Zero Waste Energy, LLC, was launched in response to the community’s demands for a more sustainable use for the local hospitality industry’s organic waste.

 

According to a press release issued by Zero Waste Energy:

 

“The SMARTFERM at the MRWMD is equipped to process up to 5,000 tons per year, creating 100kW of electricity or up to 3,200 BTU/ton of biogas with a 58 to 60 per cent methane content.”

 

SMARTFERM’s 21-day batch processing technology is semi-mobile, space efficient, prefabricated and scalable up to 30,000 tons of waste per year. The processing system represents a new generation of organic waste management strategies to maximize energy and compost production.

 

Zero Waste Energy is a global project developer using patented anaerobic digestion technology to design, build and operate integrated solid waste facilities that optimize water diversion and generate renewable energy.