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New Technology Converts Food Waste To Energy



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Four cylindrical tanks about three stories high are connected by pipes and tubes -- and it all fits in the space of about 20 parking spots.  It's an anaerobic digestion system that converts 8 tons of food waste and unrecyclable cardboard per day into electricity.   

The technology was developed at UC-Davis and built by Sacramento-based Clean World Partners.  CEO Michele Wong says the technology solves multiple problems at once:

WONG: "Burgeoning landfills, demand for natural gas and electricity, the reduction harmful GHG emissions and the creation of jobs, and economic opportunity."     

The facility is located on the site of project partner American River Packaging, and generates more than one-third of the company's energy.  It costs between $2 and $3 million, and was built in less than 90 days.
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