BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Anaergia Inc., a global leader in
the generation of renewable energy from organic waste, today announced
the 1.4MW renewable energy plant at the City of San José Water
Pollution Control Plant in California is coming online using biogas
from the anaerobic digesters.
The partnership between Anaergia Services, a division of Anaergia Inc.,
and the City of San José uses a zero emission, fuel cell power plant to
generate renewable electricity from organic waste at the Water
Pollution Control Plant. A fuel cell converts biogas into electricity
using an electrochemical process similar to the process used in
batteries. Although all heat and electricity produced by the facility
is used at the Water Pollution Control Plant to reduce natural gas and
electricity consumption, the amount of energy generated is enough to
offset the annual consumption of 1,400 households.
The project is part of the City of San José Green Vision that aims to
position San José as the center of innovation and entrepreneurship for
environmental sustainability practices that foster a high quality of
life for residents.
"We are pleased to enhance the energy self sufficiency of the San José
Water Pollution Control Plant and take a positive step towards the
renewable energy goals as part of the City's Green Vision," said Joanna
De Sa, Deputy Director of Wastewater Management at the City of San
José. "The City of San José has taken a leadership role in
environmental stewardship by selecting an anaerobic digestion and fuel
cell solution that provides significant environmental benefits over
Fewer than 5% of all the municipal wastewater treatment plants in the
United States generate renewable electricity using digester gas from
"San José's approach provides a great model for other municipalities
interested in converting their organic waste streams into renewable
energy," said Steve Watzeck, CEO of Anaergia Inc. "Effective
utilization of digester gas at wastewater treatment plants under a
power purchase agreement is an emerging service model that can benefit
communities across North America. The San José model allows us to
provide a cost effective solution by leveraging economies of scale and
taking advantages of tax incentives that may not be available to
municipal entities. The net result is predictable, low cost electricity
that provides long term cost savings and a smaller carbon footprint."
This project is the first fuel cell project operated under a Power
Purchase Agreement (PPA) in California. Anaergia designed, financed,
built and now operates the facility under the 20 year PPA.
About Anaergia Inc.
Anaergia, headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, is a global
leader in the generation of renewable energy from organic waste
streams. Anaergia offers the widest range of anaerobic treatment
solutions to municipal, industrial and agricultural markets with over
1,600 biogas projects globally.
SOURCE: Anaergia Inc.
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