Companies plan to build and operate AD and fertilizer plants in the Northeast.
Himark BioGas International, based in Barbados, has signed an agreement with the renewable energy development company NEO Energy LLC for the design, construction and startup of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will recycle food waste to produce organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity.
NEO Energy, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, says it is a renewable energy development company committed to helping corporations save and communities conserve.
As part of the agreement, Himark BioGas will act as a technology licensor and owner’s representative on behalf of NEO Energy LLC during the design, construction and operation stages of the proposed plants.
The AD plants will use Himark BioGas’ patented IMUS technology, which allows operators to produce renewable energy and pathogen-free fertilizer from food waste, source-separated organic materials, cow manure, ethanol plant waste/thin stillage, slaughter house waste, food processing waste and agricultural waste.
Additionally, the IMUS technology can handle feedstock containing sand, dirt, rocks, plastic and cellulose.
Shane Chrapko, CEO of Himark BioGas, says, “The development of the anaerobic digestion plants will positively contribute to effective food waste recycling, profitable pathogen-free fertilizer production, energy self-sufficiency and a reduction in carbon emissions for the local communities.”
Robert Nicholson, president of NEO Energy LLC, says, “NEO’s anaerobic digestion plants will recycle food waste generated by supermarkets, food processors, restaurants and other institutions and divert that waste away from landfills and incineration facilities.”
Nicholson adds, “Our plants produce a high-quality organic-based fertilizer while reducing greenhouse gases, preserving landfill capacity and producing renewable energy. Our first plants will also be available to those businesses that will need to comply with the 2014 commercial food waste disposal ban in Massachusetts and the recently enacted law in Rhode Island requiring that food residuals produced by large waste generators be recycled starting in 2016.”