Waste-to-en­ergy turns pro­duc­tion resid­u­als into en­ergy-gen­er­at­ing re­source

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AN­OTHER MEAT pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity is join­ing food and bev­er­age pro­ces­sors glob­ally in in­stalling Global Wa­ter Engi­neer­ing (GWE) waste-to-en­ergy tech­nol­ogy, widely ap­pli­ca­ble to meat works of any size in Aus­tralia and the Asia-Pa­cific.

Ni­cholas Meats LLC of Penn­syl­va­nia in the US is one of the lat­est adopters of GWE’s award-win­ning anaer­o­bic waste-to-en­ergy tech­nolo­gies rep­re­sented in Aus­trala­sia by CST Wastew­a­ter So­lu­tions, which says such wastew­a­ter treat­ment sys­tems can be read­ily ap­plied to lo­cal ap­pli­ca­tions deal­ing with paunch, ma­nure and other meat pro­cess­ing waste.

GWE’s North Amer­i­can af­fil­i­ate, Global Wa­ter & En­ergy (GW&E) will pro­vide Ni­cholas Meats with both an in­dus­trial wastew­a­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity util­is­ing its ‘cut­ting- edge’ Mem­brox aer­o­bic mem­brane biore­ac­tor tech­nol­ogy, as well as a com­plete or­ganic waste-toen­ergy fa­cil­ity to man­age solid and con­cen­trated wastes gen­er­ated at the fac­tory and wastew­a­ter treat­ment plant, us­ing its award­win­ning Rap­tor sys­tem. Rap­tor stands for RAPid Trans­for­ma­tion of Or­ganic Residues, and is a pre­treat­ment- en­hanced form of anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion, de­signed to turn nearly any or­ganic sub­stance into valu­able green en­ergy in the form of bio­gas that is be­ing used to re­place fos­sil fu­els at scores of food and bev­er­age plants glob­ally, in­clud­ing dairy, brew­ery and mu­nic­i­pal waste-to en­ergy plants in re­cent months.

Ni­cholas Meat’s new fa­cil­i­ties will be de­signed to re­cover both en­ergy and wa­ter from waste prod­ucts gen­er­ated on site and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the im­pact of the beef and veal pro­cess­ing plant on the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“You don’t need to be a big com­pany to ben­e­fit from this tech­nol­ogy. Paunch and ma­nure are rich in bio­gas and are of­ten just left for com­post­ing or land dis­posal in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, when that bio­gas could be a source of on­go­ing prof­its in­stead,” says Michael Bam­bridge, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, CST Wastew­a­ter So­lu­tions.

Ni­cholas Meat’s new fa­cil­i­ties, sched­uled to be com­pleted this year, are en­gi­neered to prop­erly man­age the fac­tory wastew­a­ter on-site for wa­ter re­use and re­cover en­ergy from by-prod­ucts gen­er­ated within both the pro­duc­tion process and within the wastew­a­ter treat­ment op­er­a­tions them­selves. They are aim­ing to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the im­pact of the pro­cess­ing plant on the lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing a ma­jor re­duc­tion of odors and truck traf­fic cur­rently present and at the same time mak­ing the com­pany more en­ergy self-suf­fi­cient.

“These sorts of en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits could also be gen­uinely ben­e­fi­cial to for­ward-think­ing Aus­tralian meat com­pa­nies look­ing to re­duce their en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, and gen­er­ate en­ergy from their wastes and by- prod­ucts, both liq­uid and solid. The sys­tem also has the abil­ity to ac­cept or­ganic wastes from other nearby fa­cil­i­ties thus aug­ment­ing the pro­duc­tion of green en­ergy and re­duc­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity’s dis­posal is­sues,” said Bam­bridge.

The Rap­tor por­tion of the plant in­volves an in­no­va­tive twist on tra­di­tional anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion, de­signed to max­imise the en­ergy gen­er­a­tion from spe­cific wastes. “This world-class tech­nol­ogy – which can be ap­plied glob­ally by all com­mu­nity-minded com­pa­nies with or­ganic waste and wastew­a­ter streams – pro­duces both green en­ergy to sup­plant fos­sil fuel needs as well as de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity treated wastew­a­ter to safe­guard com­mu­nity wa­ter stan­dards. The stan­dards of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion – and re­duc­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print spec­i­fied by Ni­cholas Meat – are a credit to the com­pany as an ef­fi­cient, sus­tain­able and over­all good cor­po­rate ci­ti­zen,” said Global Wa­ter & En­ergy (GW&E) Vice Pres­i­dent, Ian Page.

Rap­tor tech­nol­ogy has won a global green en­ergy award from the In­sti­tute of Chem­i­cal En­gi­neers (IChemE), which rep­re­sents more than 40,000 chem­i­cal, bio­chem­i­cal, and process en­gi­neers from around 100 coun­tries. The IChemE Global Awards are known for their cel­e­bra­tion of the ex­cel­lence, in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment in the chem­i­cal, process and bio­chem­i­cal in­dus­tries, mak­ing this recog­ni­tion so sig­nif­i­cant and grat­i­fy­ing for GWE, the de­vel­oper of the Rap­tor tech­nol­ogy and par­ent com­pany of GW&E.

“Util­is­ing the resid­u­als from pro­duc­tion as a re­source, rather than treat­ing them as wastes, will gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant value for the Ni­co­las Meat plant as well as the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity, and will help to trans­form Ni­cholas Meat into a truly ‘green’ com­pany and re­duce their de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els,” said Bam­bridge.

DE­TAILS,

MICHAEL BAINBRIDGE E:MAIL INFO@CSTWASTEWATER.COM

AN EX­AM­PLE OF A GW&E RAP­TOR OR­GANIC WASTE-TO-EN­ERGY SYS­TEM IN PUERTO RICO. A SIM­I­LAR SYS­TEM IS BE­ING IN­STALLED AT NI­CHOLAS MEAT TO RE­COVER EN­ERGY AND WA­TER FROM WASTE PROD­UCTS GEN­ER­ATED ON-SITE

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