EDMONTON, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An anaerobic digestion (“AD”) facility at Growing Power Hairy Hill L.P. (“Growing Power”) in Canada is utilizing Himark BioGas International’s (“Himark”) patented IMUS™ technology to digest 200 Tons/Day or 73,000 Tons/Year of municipal solid waste and organics (“MSW”) from residences and businesses in the metropolitan Edmonton region (suburban communities outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada such as Leduc, Beaumont, Devon and Sherwood Park) for conversion into renewable energy.
The plant, commissioned in 2005 and developed using technology described at www.HimarkBioGas.com, initially processed extremely contaminated feedstock including sand-laden cattle manure and slaughterhouse waste, as well as ethanol stillage. More recently, the opportunity became available to handle a majority of the organics from the metropolitan Edmonton region and surrounding areas, MSW and SSO which the plant can easily handle.
“Today the organic material that GPHH is handling is being diverted from landfills around Alberta. These include municipal Source-Separated Organics (SSO), food processing waste, and sewer sludge. These materials are converted to energy via accelerated natural breakdown processes in one of the largest AD plants in North America, thanks to technology and know-how from Himark BioGas,” said Eugene N. Choimah, General Manager of GPHH. Mr. Choimah added, “The process produces methane – a completely renewable substitute for natural gas – and that methane not only drives generators connected to Alberta’a power grid, it also feeds boilers in an adjacent industrial plant. In a very real way, citizens generating waste are supplying themselves with green electricity for their homes and ‘ultra-low carbon’ fuel for their cars!”
Shane Chrapko, CEO of Himark BioGas, commented, “The diversion of waste to GPHH is adding decades to the lifespan of existing landfills in the metro Edmonton area. 50% to 70% diversion makes these landfills more profitable operations – and at the same time better neighbors – by reducing leachate and odor production and making materials handling easier. Furthermore, each ton of organic waste diverted from landfill reduces Alberta’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions footprint by just over one ton of CO2(eq), meaning that the 73,000 tons/year of organic waste can take a significant bite out of GHG emissions. Turning a waste product into clean, renewable energy more than doubles the environmental benefits.”
About Himark BioGas International: Himark BioGas is a leading Waste-to-Energy, or WtE – also known as Energy-from-Waste – technology and engineering services company. Himark has in-depth experience and operational know-how in bioengineering; anaerobic digestion and microbiology; mechanical and electrical engineering; project development and management; soil science, fertilizer and farm management; disease destruction; and algae technologies.
Headquartered in Barbados with offices in Edmonton, Nebraska, Karachi and Hong Kong, Himark is helping its clients develop the world’s most economical and state-of-the-art biogas capability. Himark is uniquely capable (on a proven basis) of designing and operating highly economical plants at very large scale. Himark delivers its internationally-patented technology through services focused on feasibility studies, project design, engineering and construction, commissioning, support for on-going operations and maintenance, and the rescue and resuscitation of Himark’s competitors’ digesters wherever and whenever those competitors’ plants are not working properly. Himark will also finance, build, own and operate plants for clients that have large quantities of waste but who do not want to get into the business of WtE directly on their own.
Himark has invested over USD $35 million in research and development to develop cutting-edge waste to energy technologies and operational know-how for its clients.
About Growing Power Hairy Hill L.P. (GPHH): Growing Power Hairy Hill LP is developing Canada’s most efficient bioFuels production facility. The Integrated Bio Refinery™, patented in the U.S. and other countries around the world, is a system that processes a number of raw biomass products into high-value products such as fuel ethanol, green power, and all natural, disease-free bio-based fertilizer product.
GPHH's patented technology developed by, and licensed from, www.HimarkBioGas.com allows the production of these high-value products with very little energy input and no waste. In fact, GPHH makes its own process energy from waste – including almost all the residential organic waste (called Source-Separated Organics, or SSO for short) and some of the MSW from the metropolitan Edmonton area (Edmonton’s suburbs and exurbs) and central Alberta regions.