Organic Power Ltd have chosen to install GWE RAPTOR® organic waste-to-energy technology at their new green energy facility in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
When fully operational in mid-2018, it will produce 2.055 MWe, making it another waste-to-energy RAPTOR® (RAPid Transformation of Organic Residues) installation of more than 200 successful GWE biogas utilization plants for clients worldwide.
GWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jean Pierre Ombregt says the new plant makes a compelling case for the use of proven high efficiency anaerobic biological waste treatment plants such as RAPTOR™ in State grids and private green energy programmes, where they have been proven to displace fossil fuels and enhance profitability for companies using them.
“Not only will Vega Baja provide stable baseload power while displacing polluting fossil fuels, but also it will clearly demonstrate how transformational biological technologies can complement solar and wind power in achieving green energy objectives.”J.P. Ombregt, GWE CEO
In the Organic Power application, RAPTOR® is integrated into a process that begins with waste reception and conditioning, then thermophilic hydrolysis through an acidification reactor (TAR), ANAMIX™ digester and post-digester, BIO-SULFURIX™ biogas desulphurization, GASODRIX™ biogas drying, biogas use in a CHP (Combined Heat and Power) unit.
“Organic Power is a respected clean energy provider with a strong emphasis on sustainability and renewable energy. Using our latest GWE waste-to-energy technologies, our RAPTOR® system can provide them with over 23,000 Nm³/d of biogas, corresponding to 2 MWe or 10,000 kg/d of fuel oil,” says Mr Ombregt, whose green energy technologies have received global recognition, including an IChemE green energy engineering award.
The RAPTOR® process consumes a high level of the potentially environmentally harmful Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) content of the waste, which comprises material of natural origin that can be broken down into biogas by anaerobic bacteria. At the Organic Power plant, this equates to 45,000 kg/d COD, and 240 m³/d of waste.
As a company, GWE has successfully built and commissioned over 200 biogas utilization plants for clients worldwide over the past 15 years. Such plants produce green energy from pollution present in wastewater, using high-performance anaerobic bacteria to digest the dissolved and suspended organic matter, which is converted into biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide.
“The diversity of the material to be processed means a range of different RAPTOR® pre-treatments are available, to allow the highest possible conversion efficiency. The technology involved in this project is widely applicable to any plant looking to turn waste into green energy,” said Mr Ombregt.
*Napier Grass (Pennisetum Purpureum) is considered an ‘energy crop.’ It is a tropical plant that can still flourish in harsh, dry conditions, including droughts. Its organic compositions make it suitable as a feedstock for biogas production.