Harvest Energy Garden (website: www.harvestpower.com/bc/richmond/
Ever wonder what happens to the food waste scraps that you add to your green bin? And what happens to commercial food waste? Take a tour of the Harvest Energy garden and find out.
The Harvest Energy Garden, in Richmond, BC, uses a new and innovative High-Solids Anaerobic Digestion (HSAD) technology to process solid organic waste material into biogas and high quality compost. The Harvest Energy Garden is the first facility of this kind in North America. The facility is owned and operated by Harvest Power Canada Ltd., and is located at the large Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre composting operation in Richmond. Full operations commenced May 2013.
The HSAD technology was developed in Germany by Grossmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH (GICON) and the technology was tested and commercialized in Germany. This technology is new and transformative due to its ability to accept high solids organic material such as mixed food and yard waste, and produce high quality biogas in the range of 70 – 85% methane.
Opus DaytonKnight worked with GICON and Harvest Power for four years to deliver the project through design, construction and commissioning. At design capacity, the facility will process approximately 30,000 tonnes of mixed food and yard waste annually, and will generate over 8.0 million KWh of renewable, GHG neutral, electrical energy for sale to BC Hydro. The facility will contribute to reduced carbon emissions of approximately 23,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually, while generating reusable products and renewable energy for local markets. With the opening of this facility,can food and yard waste still be considered “waste”?