CleanWorld Partners opens second biodigester system in California
CleanWorld Partners of Gold River is set to open its second organic waste recycling center, which will turn food waste into natural gas, electricity and soil amendment products.
CleanWorld Partners of Gold River, Calif., is set to open its second organic waste recycling center, which will turn Sacramento food waste into natural gas, electricity and soil amendment products.
The biodigester system, going online Friday on Fruitridge Road, is expected to be the largest such system in the nation when it ramps up to process 40,000 tons of waste per year — or 100 tons per day— in January. The facility initially will convert organic waste from area supermarkets, restaurants and food processors at a rate of 10,000 tons per year, or 25 tons per day.
In June, CleanWorld landed a $6 million grant from the California Energy Commission to expand the Fruitridge Road facility to handle 100 tons of waste per day by early 2013. CleanWorld broke ground on the project that month.
CleanWorld’s organic waste recycling center is based on technology developed at the University of California Davis to convert food waste, agricultural residue and other organic waste into renewable energy, fertilizer and soil enhancements.
The center on Fruitridge will use waste collected by Atlas Disposal Industries. Also in June, the energy commission gave Atlas a $300,000 grant to build a renewable natural gas fueling station, which will be powered by anaerobic digestion of waste. The fueling station is expected to be operational by spring 2013.
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