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    12/06/2018 | Project Number: 003577

    Key Project Facts

    Country: Location:
    United States Long Island, NY
    Principal Facility Type: Facility Type:
    Anaerobic Digestion Anaerobic Digestion, Biogas, Energy from Biomass, Waste-to-Co-Product
    Principal Waste Type: Waste Type:
    Food Food, Oil Sludge/Waste Oil, Plant/Green/Garden Waste, Wood
    Development Phase: Value:
    Planning Approval US$ 40,000,000
    Output (MW):
    Byproduct: Capacity (tonnes/year):
    Fertiliser 199,581

    Project Updates

    Date Change made
    12/06/2018 Approvals granted and groundbreaking imminent.
    23/01/2017 DEC approves construction of the facility.
    09/08/2016 Louis Perry Group awarded engineering services contract.
    14/01/2016 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.

    Contact Information

    Contact Ms Angie Hansen Phone 1 215 942 3511
    Job Title Marketing Communications Manager Fax
    Email [email protected]
    Company GE Water & Process Technologies
    Address 4636 Somerton Road
    United States
    Phone 1 866 439 2837
    Contact Mr Jim Calderone Phone
    Job Title President Fax
    Company Louis Perry Group – a CDM Smith Company
    Address 165 Smokerise Drive
    United States
    Phone 1 330 334 1585
    Email [email protected]
    Funding/Financial Services/Agency
    Contact Mr Michael J. Land Phone 1 608 240 2580
    Job Title Director Fax
    Email [email protected]
    Company Baker Tilly
    Address 10 Terrace Court
    United States
    Phone 1 608 249 6622
    Funding/Financial Services/Agency
    Contact Ms Kate Muller Phone 1 518 862 1090, ext. 3582
    Job Title Director of Communications Fax 1 518 862 1091
    Email [email protected]
    Company New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
    Address 17 Columbia Circle
    United States
    Phone 1 518 862 1090
    Fax 1 518 862 1091
    Contact Mr Charles Vigliotti Phone
    Job Title Chief Executive Officer Fax
    Company American Organic Energy
    Address 100 Urban Avenue
    United States
    Phone 1 516 334 6600
    Fax 1 516 338 4773
    Email [email protected]
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