Impact Bioenergy has designed a portable composting unit which generates energy from organic waste. The system appears to offer a cost-effective solution for managing food waste and other organic refuse in local communities.
What if we could convert all our organic waste into energy? Late last year, Cler Verts, a company based in southwestern France which works on recycling ‘green’ waste, raised over €2 million worth of capital for a venture to build and run a methanisation factory. The process of generating energy from biomass is of course nothing new. However, Seattle-based firm Impact Bioenergy, which is working in Canada and the United States, has developed a portable organic waste recycling system scaled for use by restaurants, school canteens, university campuses, hotels and festivals. ‟Our starting point is organic material – waste, food that’s past its use-by date, etc. Then we use living micro-organisms to transform the food into natural gas, which is then used to make fertiliser, produce heat and/or generate electricity,” explains Impact Bioenergy President Jan Allen.
Impact Energy recently succeeded in obtaining pledges totalling more than $36,000 in a fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter to help finance the rollout of the first version of its mobile waste converter, entitled High-solids Organic waste Recycling System with Electrical output – acronym HORSE. The company’s stated aim is to ‘reinvent’ the local food production and consumption cycle. ‟Firms intending to install HORSE should share its use and set up a partnership in advance with a farmer or any organisation involved in food production within a range of, say, a couple of miles,” advises Jan Allen.