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Disney World’s biogas facility: a model for converting food waste into energy

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Guardian Sustainable Business, “Disney World’s biogas facility: a model for converting food waste into energy,” by Marc Gunther

 

“The circular economy at Disney World may not be as pretty as Cinderella’s Castle, but this process for turning organic waste into energy, which is known as anaerobic digestion, could turn out to be the best way to extract value from food scraps and treated sewage that would otherwise wind up in a landfill.”

 

Balancing Digester Diets

Biomass Mag logoBiomass Magazine,Balancing Digester Diets” by Kate Fletcher

 

About twice the size of JC-Biomethane is Harvest Power’s 50,000-ton food waste community digester near Orlando, Florida. Some waste from Disney World is brought to the facility, including the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels at Grande Lakes Orlando.

After contaminant removal in Harvest Power Florida’s low solids AD process, “the mix tank is used to mix some of the fat, oils and grease, food waste and the other types of materials and blend them together so you don’t send slugs of one heavy material over another into the digesters,” says Brandon Moffatt, senior vice president of energy for Harvest Power. “It’s trying to have the right mix and always trying to keep that in balance, so we’re continuing to optimize our recipe and make sure we have balanced feeding to make sure the system is stable.”

Harvest Energy Garden – Richmond, BC – GRAND OPENING

We had an excellent day celebrating the partnerships that make the Energy Garden in Richmond BC possible.

Slideshow:

Speakers:

  • Paul Sellew, founder and CEO Harvest Power
  • Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Canada’s Minister of National Revenue
  • Michael Weedon, CEO BC Bioenergy Network
  • Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of the City of Richmond and Chair of Metro’s Zero Waste Committee
  • Prof. Grossmann, CEO GICON

Energy Garden in Richmond, BC

Press:

 

  • Azom.com, “Harper Government Celebrates Official Opening of Harvest Power Energy Garden Site,” 2013.09.12
  • CBC OnlineMention of Kerry Lynne Findlay and contribution
  • Clean Energy Canad at TIDEScanada, “Peelings Power: The Energy Garden is Growing a Cleaner Future,” Michael Weedon 2013.09.12
  • CleanTechnica, “The Power of Rubbish: It’s Quite Good,” 2013.09.16
  • Electrical Business Magazine, “Harvest Power Energy Garden site marks official opening,” 2013.09.12
  • Richmond News, “One person’s trash is another one’s power: ‘Energy garden’ opens, organic recycling facility can power 900 homes a year,’” Philip Raphael 2013.09.12
  • Salon.com, “North America’s largest ‘commercial digester’ turns pizza crusts to energy,” Pete Danko 2013.09.12
  • Earth Techling, “In BC, Old Leftovers (And More) Become Power,” Pete Danko
  • SingTao, “美商列市設廠 廚餘轉化能源” 2013.09.13
  • Solid Waste & Recycling, “BC’s massive new AD facility feeds electricity grid,” SWR Staff 2013.09.12
  • Waste & Recycling News, “Harvest Power opens new anaerobic digester,” Jim Johnson 2013.09.12
  • Waste 360, “Harvest Power Starts Anaerobic Digestion Facility for Organic Waste,” Allan Gerlat 2013.09.12