STRATHMORE, AB, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - EarthRenew Organics Ltd.
(www.earthrenew.com) officially opened its first eco-efficient commercial
facility today at a ceremony attended by over 100 guests.
The privately owned company has successfully developed and patented
revolutionary technologies that apply industrial turbine exhaust directly in
heat processing without heat exchangers while the turbine generates
electricity. Sale of electricity offsets the fuel costs.
This facility utilizes EarthRenew's energy-efficient process to cook
large volumes of fresh cattle manure to produce patented Organic Matter
Fertilizer(TM) products used to increase yields for organic and conventional
farming. In trials, these concentrated granular fertilizers provide yields
equivalent to chemical fertilizers making them ideal for organic growers.
Located at a 25,000 head feedlot about 50 kilometers east of Calgary, Alberta,
the facility also generates enough electricity to power over 3,000 Alberta
This process of generating electricity and replacing conventional natural
gas burners utilizes up to 85% of the energy in the fuel. In comparison to
stand alone burners, EarthRenew's use of the turbine increases heat processing
efficiencies by over 60% and provides built-in protection from escalating
natural gas prices, producing higher and more stable gross margins. This use
of the turbine forms the basis of EarthRenew's patent portfolio.
Christianne Carin, primary inventor, founder and Chief Executive Officer
of EarthRenew, conceived of these concepts to solve complex problems:
disposing manure more effectively than landspreading or composting with their
associated greenhouse gas emissions, pathogens and weed problems and replacing
traditional high heat burners with the exhaust of the turbine to reduce
Ms. Carin recalls engineering experts saying her idea to use exhaust heat
from an industrial turbine like this couldn't be done. "I challenged these
skeptics to prove me wrong," she said, "and when they could not, they realized
it was a viable, clever invention, making them long term fans."
In addition to processing cattle manure, applications of these patented
technologies will include other types of manure (including dairy, poultry and
swine), biosolids and green wastes. Other industrial-based applications
include various heat processing systems, water desalination, remediation of
oil sands and mining tailings ponds and industrial lagoons.
EarthRenew represents the essence of entrepreneurship, according to Dr.
Al Fedkenheuer, the company's President and Chief Operating Officer and
contributor to its patent portfolio.
"We utilize raw wastes as input and we save producers significant costs
for disposal whether landspreading or landfilling. We process the wastes into
unique concentrated products that are proven to increase crop productivity and
decrease soil depletion," explains Dr. Fedkenheuer, a professional agrologist.
"With the way we handle and process manure, biosolids and green wastes we
generate a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions" he adds,
"providing an additional revenue source as we sell these credits".
In spite of the weakened global economy, the company continues to grow
with locations at Calgary and Strathmore, Alberta, and Half Moon Bay and
Fresno, both in California, with a new office planned for Minneapolis,
Minnesota this year. Growth is anticipated through strategic alliances with
key businesses. Five other WasteRenew(TM) facilities are under production with
target locations in Western Canada, California and the US Midwest. EarthRenew
is positioned to meet market demands for rapid deployment of these
technologies throughout North America. EarthRenew is in its tenth year of
operation with over 60 employees in Canada and the United States.
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For further information: Mark Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer,
EarthRenew(R), (403) 228-5070 (land line), (403) 630-6584 (cell)