What's the big idea?
A new approach to to anaerobic digestion that will thoroughly digest any organic waste at a much faster rate, with a byproduct of high quality methane [natural] gas and high quality liquid fertilizer. Organic waste left to rot will produce a foul odor [hydrogen sulfide] and methane, both are potent greenhouse gasses, that are harmful to our environment. Small digesters placed at the location where organic waste is produced, such as restaurants, schools, small farms, sport complexes, off the grid living etc. Our dream is manufacture and service digesters, creating many jobs in Mi. and beyond.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
There is an aerobic digester that can be placed a the source of food waste, that discharges the treated waste into the sewer system, but the greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere. It uses energy in its process instead of creating energy.
How are you different from that player?
Our digester will create clean green energy while eliminating the odor of a garbage receptacle. Our digester could also be connected to the sewer system for its discharge without raising the BOD at the treatment plant.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
The field is wide open for small on site digesters, and there is no lack of waste. We forsee a big demand being created by the DEQ and EPA as they tighten standards for waste disposal. Digesters also create carbon credits by keeping the greenhouse gasses from destroying the ozone layer.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
We have had an interest in anaerobic digestion since the 70’s, in what we called our mother earth days. With energy shortages and ever increasing awareness of our fragile planet, we decided it was time to run with our idea, and over the last four years we created a better process of waste disposal.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
We need to build another small digester to do an independent study to validate our system. With an award of 5k we could get the materials necessary to accomplish this goal and get us one step closer to safe and efficient handling of organic waste,and closer to creating many jobs in our community.