Louis Perry Group awarded engineering services contract.
GE gets technology contract; groundbreaking due in summer 2016.
Construction of a large-scale anaerobic digester.
On 1st September 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of an anaerobic digestion (AD) project on Long Island, NY, as part of his Reforming the Energy Vision initiative. The project will serve as an innovative model of how clean, on-site power can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainable communities. Once completed, the facility is expected to be the most state-of-the-art anaerobic digester and organic waste disposal system in the US.
The new anaerobic digester will be operated by American Organic Energy (AOE) at Long Island Compost’s 62-acre facility in Yaphank, Suffolk County, and will process over twice as much food waste as currently processed at any existing privately-owned food waste digesters accepting off-site food waste in New York State.
On 19th January 2017, AOE reported that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has approved the company’s permit to construct this facility. The permit allows AOE to “operate a solid waste management facility authorised to receive and process up to 85,000 tons per year of yard waste, up to 3,000 cubic yards per day of unadulterated wood materials and up to 215,000 tons per year of source-separated organic waste for processing in the anaerobic digester.”
On 30th April 2018, AOE reported that approvals have now been given and groundbreaking shovels are at the ready. The company is inviting partners to supply organic waste for the facility.
According to AOE’s website, the project will accept approximately 180,000 tons of food waste, 30,000 tons of fats, oils and greases, and 10,000 tons of grass clippings per year from the Long Island region annually that would otherwise have been transported and dumped into landfills.
AOE’s anaerobic digester will convert organic waste into fertiliser, biogas fuel, electricity (2.0 MW) and nutrient-rich water, effectively eliminating 40,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the local environment and reducing the equivalent of 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Instead, the Yaphank facility will produce biogas fuel to power the fleet of trucks that will go out to collect the waste. The entire facility will run on the electricity generated there. The end product will be distributed as compost and fertiliser.
According to local reports, investment in the project is expected to amount to around US$40 million. Financing for the project is being handled by Baker Tilly Capital.
On 12th January 2016, AOE announced that it has chosen GE Water to provide several key pieces of the technology for the project. GE Water will provide six anaerobic digesters, the necessary equipment to convert the methane from the decomposition process into renewable natural gas to power the facility and fuel the trucks on site, and a state-of-the-art water treatment system so this natural resource is returned to the environment clean and safe.
On 22nd July 2016, AOE announced that it has solidified its core engineering team for the project by awarding a contract to Louis Perry Group, a CDM Smith Company, to provide engineering services in conjunction with GE Power & Water, The Eggersmann Group, and Green Arrow Engineering. Louis Perry Group will design plant systems and structures to support AOE’s production process, including buildings and building mechanical systems, foundations and poured tanks, process and auxiliary piping, and electrical systems. Other companies working on the project include Caterpillar, VHB, and Camco International Group.
The project, administered and partly funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities programme, a major statewide initiative encouraging communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local plans and projects. The project has been awarded a US$1.35 million NYSERDA grant.
AOE has partnered with GE Power & Water for water clean-up and nutrient recovery, and Scotts Miracle-Gro for solids and fertiliser marketing and distribution. Quasar Energy is also a partner for this project.