O-W2E

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Project: Decentralized Organic Waste-to-Energy Solution
Duration: 2.18.08 – 12.01.08
Sponsor: Feed Resource Recovery + private investors
Synopsis: In the food industry, waste is abundant.  Over 40% of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste.  Traditional waste disposal practices transport and bury 97% of this food waste in landfills, accumulating costs for transport and disposal along the way.

Feed proposes to provide a solution to essentially close the loop of the industrial food chain. Feed would provide an onsite waste management system that would tackle a multitude of problems with the current infrastructure; transportation, waste disposal, electricity generation, fertilizer production and positive public relations.

Inspiration

  1. Transportation – Each time the dumpster fills up, it must be moved, dumped and replaced. This process is most often put into motion by petroleum derived fuel. The onsite system essentially cuts this problem out by providing onsite waste treatment, cutting the need for transportation fuel by a large fraction.
  2. Waste Disposal – When the dumpster is dumped, it usually occurs at a landfill. The waste, especially organic waste, breaks down by natural processes and releases greenhouse gasses. As waste disposal increases, the landfills become over-taxed, over flow, and eventually shut down. This creates a necessity for additional sites that get further away.  Coupled with rising oil prices, transport costs become a serious issue.
  3. Electricity Generation – Supermarkets use a significant amount of electricity, which is generally purchased from the grid. Rising electricity costs, especially during peak periods, are an issue for any commercial or industrial entity. The feed system produces electricity from waste, turning a liability into a benefit.
  4. Fertilizer Production – Farmers are purchasing increasingly expensive and environmentally harmful chemicals to replace soil nutrients lost due to industrial farming practices. The byproduct of the feed process is a nutrient rich soil amendment that can benefit farmers to incorporate into their practice, replacing a portion of their chemical fertilizers.
  5. Public Relations – The reality of the waste industry is that it is strongly subject to the NIMBY principle. The feed system nestles inconspicuously in the back of a supermarket, taking up about as much space as a dumpster. And with rising public interest in environmental issues, a company demonstrating their eco-mindedness becomes more attractive.

Explore the O-W2E design

Explore the Organic Waste-to-Energy design

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