The tour takes place in the early-afternoon of Tues, Aug 4, 2015 (Time TBD) and requires prior-sign-up. Transportation to/from the hotel is provided. The bus will leave the hotel lobby. Invitations will be sent to registered symposium attendees 3 weeks prior to the tour. Space on the tour is limited, and attendees must sign-up beforehand. Inquiries about the tour can be sent to our volunteer symposium tour coordinator Bryan Sinkler.
Symposium attendees are invited to tour the Harvest Power Energy Garden. Harvest Power’s Energy Garden in Central Florida is designed to simultaneously address four challenges – to recover energy and nutrients from food waste, manage odors, process biosolids beneficially, and improve the fertilizer end product quality – with one integrated solution. Located at Reedy Creek Improvement District, this anaerobic digester processes 130,000 tons per year of biosolids, fats, oils, grease, and food waste and has 3.2 MW of installed power generation capacity and 3.8 MW of recoverable heat from a biogas-fueled combined heat and power system (CHP), plus class AA granular fertilizer.
Did you know? Approximately 24 pounds of food waste enters Central Florida’s landfills every second. Organic material and food waste in landfills produce a potent greenhouse gas, known as methane. Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities and is a contributor to numerous environmental issues, like global warming.
Harvest Power has found a higher and better use for Central Florida’s pre and post-consumer food waste. Through a patented anaerobic digestion process, Orlando’s food and organic waste can be recycled and converted into clean energy, effectively transforming the community’s organic waste problem into a sustainable local resource.
ABOUT THE TOUR HOST
Harvest Power’s goal is to be the market leader for North America’s 500M+ tons/year of organic materials by providing communities with tailored solutions. They harness additional value from organic materials through the production of renewable energy, soils, mulches, and natural fertilizers. Harvest Power operates three of North America’s largest commercial anaerobic digestion facilities and have won awards for exceptional performance; are one of the top three organics consumer products companies in North America, providing bagged and bulk products millions of backyards; and are the largest processor of yard waste and food waste in North America, managing ~1.8 million tons of organic materials each year.
Bus transportation for the tour is kindly being provided by Schneider Electric.