Actually, the technology of an anaerobic digester being available in
an "of the shelf" format already exists in the US. The source is your
own University of Florida. I am surprised that you seem to find UK
based examples while missing what exists in your own backyard.
Soon the next generation of UF's technology will be commercially
available offering a better product for food waste digestion and is
scable for any location and/or application.
On 3/30/12, Graunke,Ryan E <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello BESTers,
> One of the biggest hold-ups to widespread anaerobic digestion, I
> believe, is that it is not currently an off-the-shelf technology. A
> company based in the UK, SEaB Energy, is taking a step towards solving
> this. They have developed a self-contained digester unit that is built
> into a shipping container for easy deployment at supermarkets, schools,
> hospitals, and wherever there is food waste. Their goal is to replace
> the dumpsters at these facilities with a unit that can produce energy.
> Not only will this technology benefit developed countries with an
> off-the-shelf digester for use on food waste, but developing countries
> can really benefit by using these digesters for human waste management
> where sanitary facilities do not exist. These were desperately needed
> in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake when rampant human waste
> contamination of water supplies caused a cholera epidemic. The shipping
> container digester could be supplied to these countries as a rapidly
> deployable unit during emergencies, and also be used as a long-term
> solution for human waste sanitation with the side-benefits of renewable
> energy and fertilizer production.
> Have a great weekend,
> MuckBuster brings “waste-to-energy in a shipping container” to a
> canteen near you
> James Murray
> Business Green
> March 29, 2012