BURLINGTON, ON & HIGHLAND, CA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anaergia Inc. (“Anaergia” or the “Company”) (TSX: ANRG) today announced that its solutions that turn waste into renewable energy are now integrated into a new wastewater treatment plant at the state-of-the-art technology in Highland, California. The new facility, owned and operated by East Valley Water District and known as the Sterling Natural Resources Center (SNRC), held a groundbreaking ceremony last Saturday.
Unlike any other plant in the world, SNRC will not only recycle water to replenish local groundwater, but will also convert sewage solids and food waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer, and serve as a community center for education and local events. All wastewater and food waste entering the plant will be converted into resources, and the facility will supply electricity to the grid beyond its needs. Most wastewater treatment plants, on the other hand, require significant energy to operate and produce waste that must be disposed of in landfills.
SNRC will use Anaergia’s advanced anaerobic digestion technology to convert up to 130,000 gallons per day of food waste, as well as its sewage biosolids, into biogas. The biogas will then be used to generate three megawatts of renewable electricity, enough to meet all of the facility’s energy needs while adding renewable energy to the power grid. Additionally, the plant will use state-of-the-art membrane technology manufactured by Anaergia affiliate Fibracast to recycle up to eight million gallons of wastewater per day. Residues left after power generation will be converted into valuable biochar, a natural fertilizer that will be sold and used to enrich the soil of farmland.
“Through the leadership of East Valley Water District, SNRC will effect two paradigm shifts in how humanity builds wastewater treatment facilities in the future,” said Andrew Benedek, President and CEO of Anaergia. “The first paradigm shift is to have each wastewater treatment plant maximize its resource recovery, thereby reducing environmental impacts. The second paradigm shift is to make these plants a social benefit and not a smelly visual nuisance. In the years to come, I predict this will serve as a catalyst for positive change and that the community will greatly benefit from its park-like setting, community center and job training programs associated with NTS.
“East Valley Water District’s vision for SNRC was to make every source a resource – Anaergia helped provide a solution for a resource recovery center,” said East Valley General Manager/CEO John Mura. Water District, which built and will operate the plant. . “The team has brought it all together to create value from wastewater – design, engineering, patented technologies – plus a shared passion to create a facility that will benefit the community for years to come.”
Anaergia was created to eliminate a major source of greenhouse gases by cost-effectively converting organic waste into renewable natural gas (“RNG”), fertilizer and water, using proprietary technologies. With a proven track record delivering leading projects on four continents, Anaergia is uniquely positioned to provide end-to-end solutions for extracting organics from waste, implementing high-efficiency anaerobic digestion, upgrading biogas , produce fertilizer and clean water. Our customers are in the municipal solid waste, municipal wastewater, agriculture and food processing sectors. In each of these markets, Anaergia has built many successful factories, including some of the largest in the world. Anaergia owns and operates some of the factories it builds, and it also operates factories that are owned by its customers.
About East Valley Water District
East Valley Water District was established in 1954 and provides water and wastewater services to over 104,000 residents of the City of Highland and parts of the City and County of San Bernardino. EVWD operates under the direction of an elected 5-member Board of Directors.
Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) is a state-of-the-art facility located in Highland, California that will treat wastewater generated in the East Valley Water District service area, producing a new, sustainable water supply to enhance the independence of the water region. Capable of treating up to 8 million gallons per day, the SNRC will recharge the local Bunker Hill groundwater pond. The SNRC will create new opportunities for the surrounding community in the form of an outdoor space with picnic and walking paths, provide a drought-resistant water supply, improve streets and create new education programs and training.
For more information on East Valley Water District, please see: www.eastvalley.org
For more information on Anaergia, please visit: www.anaergia.com
Source: Anaergia Inc.