Skid Mounted Mobile Pilot/Education Unit for Source Separated Organics Processing with Cogeneration Capabilities
Enabling wastewater treatment plants to be waste recovery facilities that produce more biogas and electricity.
The system was completed and installed at the Goleta Sanitary District in Santa Barbara County, California, which include a containerized de-packaging unit; two 2,000-gallon anaerobic digesters; flare, feed, and discharge equipment; and a full system for process control and data collection. The system preprocessed food waste from dining halls at the University of California, Santa Barbara into an organic slurry in the de-packaging system before pumping to the anaerobic digesters.
The purpose of this project is to construct and demonstrate an innovative technology to pretreat organic wastes prior to anaerobic digestion at a wastewater treatment facility to enhance operational efficiencies and increase biogas production. The pretreatment technology will be constructed as skid-mounted mobile units for processing source-separated organic wastes and biosolids and will have cogeneration capabilities, thereby further increasing the energy generation from the wastewater treatment system.
The project will result in lower costs by demonstrating a technology that both diverts organic waste and increases the biogas yield and renewable electricity generation. The increase in gas production can be about 385 kW per ton.
The proposed approach to biosolids processing, land application and enhanced energy recovery through the improved anaerobic digestion process may result in net greenhouse gas reductions of 47–65 tonnes of CO2 per 100 dry tonnes.
Key Project Members
Lystek International Limited