Anaergia building largest organic waste-to-energy plant in N America

The start of construction at the site of the Rialto Bioenergy Facility. Source: Anaergia Inc

December 13 (Renewables Now) - Ontario-based anaerobic digestion (AD) technology developer Anaergia Inc has initiated construction work on the Rialto Bioenergy Facility (RBF), a 13-MW waste-to-energy plant in Southern California.

The plant is being built in Rialto, a city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. It will be capable of diverting some 300,000 tonnes of organic waste per year. On a daily basis, it will be converting 700 tonnes of food waste and 300 tonnes of biosolids into renewable natural gas, renewable electricity and Class A organic fertiliser.

The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, the US Department of Energy, CalRecycle, the state of California and private investors. Upon completion in 2020, it will be the largest food waste diversion and energy recovery facility in North America, according to the announcement.

Anaergia estimates that the facility will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by about 220,000 tonnes per year.

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