Spotlight On Canada's Newest Anaerobic Digester At Ag-Forum

Posted by Lee Drever on Jan 9, 2015 3:47:59 PM

Seabreeze Biogas Tank
CH-Four Biogas used Octaform to form the concrete tanks of the new facility at Seebreeze Farm.

BC's newest anaerobic digester is now turning poop into power... and you can sign up for a site visit!


Seabreeze Dairy Farm in Ladner is now combining agricultural and non-agricultural waste to harness and utilize greenhouse gasses that would otherwise vent into the atmosphere. Under FortisBC's renewable natural gas program, this biogas is purified on site and injected into their natural gas system. 

Biogas Tank Construction
Assembly of the Octaform tanks began in the Spring of 2013.

This project will be spotlighted at the end of this month at the 2015 Agri-Energy & Waste Management Forum (January 30-31) in Abbottsford, BC. This forum will open on January 30 with a session focused on Seabreeze Farm and conclude with a site visit on January 31. Register Here!


Introducing the 2015 Agri-energy & Waste Management Forum

Renewable energy and waste management technologies enable you to take advantage of underutilised resources, diversify income, manage waste, and reduce costs. The 2015 Agri-energy & Waste Management Forum will enable you to increase your understanding of renewable energy and waste management technologies relevant to your farm or agricultural operation.

Also, don’t miss your chance to see BC’s newest anaerobic digester. Sign-up to book your place on the site visit bus today! The site visit will include a free bbq lunch, coffee and tea. Buses will leave from in front of TradeX (1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford). The site visit costs only $20.00!

Concrete Biogas Tank
The Agri-Energy & Waste Management Forum will provide an opportunity to hear from the technology providers and contractors that worked together to build the new Seabreeze digester. 

Anaerobic Digestion Session 1: Seabreeze Farms
January 30, 9:30am - 11:00am

Building an anaerobic digester involves many different technologies and local contractors. Through rapid-fire presentations, learn about some of the technologies and contractors that have contributed to Seabreeze Farm’s anaerobic digester in Delta. These presentations will provide useful background information for the Seabreeze Farm site visit on January 31st.

Chair: David Melnychuk (Agricultural Consultant, Langley).

  • Claire Allen (Ch-Four Biogas, Vancouver);
  • Stuart Burnside (Dual Mechanical, Surrey);
  • Brandon Kloot (Kloot Construction, Chilliwack);
  • Kerry Doyle (KPD Consulting, Abbotsford); and
  • David Richardson (Octaform, Vancouver).

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Topics: Agriculture, Biogas, Biomethane, finished concrete forms, Dairy, CHFour, Concrete Tanks

New CEO For Harvest Power

Posted by Lee Drever on Jan 10, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Organic Waste Conversion
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Harvest Power is a leader in the North American organics-to-energy industry.

Kathleen Ligocki to lead as new CEO; 
Paul Sellew to shift to Founder, Executive Chair of Board

WALTHAM, Mass - Harvest Power, a North American developer of organics-to-energy plants and compost production facilities, will have a new CEO as of January 13.

Kathleen Ligocki, an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (early investors in Harvest Power), will take over for founding CEO, Paul Sellew. The founder will remain with the company, shifting to Executive Chair of the Board.

Kathleen Ligocki - Harvest Power CEO
Kathleen Ligocki takes the helm next week.

This announcement, said Sellew, comes at an important juncture for Harvest Power. “The directors and I determined that we need to invest in and increase the leadership capacity of the organization so that we can successfully navigate the next phase of our growth plan,” said Sellew, “Kathleen Ligocki brings the right combination of bold strategic insight, broad operational expertise across a number of industry sectors and financial acumen that will propel Harvest to the next level.”

Harvest Power, according to Ligocki, is already poised for some significant growth, “In North America, over the next few years, heightened consciousness about the alternatives to dumping organics wastes in landfills will drive tremendous opportunities for companies able to recycle organic wastes into clean energy for our communities and soil enhancement products for our gardens and agricultural land.”

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Founded in 2008, Harvest Power

  • employs more than 600 people at nearly 40 sites;  
  • has built and operates three anaerobic digesters; 
  • processes over 2 million tons of organic wastes per year; 
  • sells 33 million bags of soil and mulches through 1200 locations across North America


About Harvest Power

Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers.

Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic materials produced in North America each year. The company operates organics facilities in the Mid-Atlantic and West Coast of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada.

Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has been named to the Global Cleantech 100 four years in a row and received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award. 



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Topics: Anaerobic Digestion, Sustainability, Biogas, Waste, Harvest Power

Cleveland Browns Going Green With Biogas

Posted by Lee Drever on Nov 22, 2013 4:21:00 PM

Stadium Turning Food Waste Into Biogas

The NFL Franchise will be the first in the country to divert food waste to an Anaerobic Digestion facility, turning the scraps into energy and fertilizer.

This Sunday, the Cleveland Browns and FirstEnergy Stadium will showcase a new system that aims to recycle stadium food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer sources. The effort is expected to annually divert 35 tons of food waste from landfills to facilities producing sustainable, natural resources for Cleveland residents.

"Creative solutions to food waste provide communities with renewable energy opportunities and environmental benefits through reduced greenhouse gas emissions." said Secretary Vilsack. "We must better educate folks about the problem of food waste and utilize partnerships like the one in Cleveland to begin to address the issue of food waste nationwide."

The program is
expected to:

Divert 35 tons of food waste from landfills every season

Reduce CO2 emissions by 28,000 pound per year

Generate enough electricity to power a single-family home for a year and a half

Produce enough natural gas to heat 32 homes for an entire month

Recover enough nutrients for 3 football fields of new crops

This initiative is part of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, a joint USDA and EPA effort, calling on others across the food chain—including producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities, and other government agencies − to join the effort to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste. 

The Browns are the first professional franchise to implement this kind of system in their home stadium. Using the Grind2Energy™ system from InSinkErator, food scraps are collected and ground into a slurry, which is transported to an anaerobic digester operated by quasar energy group at The Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

At the anaerobic digester, which periodically adds dairy cow manure to lower acidity and boost the methane, quasar produces biogas for energy and fuel uses in addition to vital nutrients and fertilizer that can be reused for farming.

"Digester systems are something this country's dairy farms have used for years," said Tom Gallagher, CEO of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. "But we have just begun to tap what is possible. Through new partnerships – whether it's with a stadium, or a hospital or a chain of supermarkets – dairy farms in all 50 states are able to house this type of system and turn food waste into food value for local communities. This proposition is just one of the goals that the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is setting for the immediate future."

"Cities and local communities really identify with their professional teams, so when we see franchises make these partnerships and these commitments, we think there's a potential multiplier effect for every fan that's going to walk through those turnstiles," said Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., the director of the Sports Greening Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "We think there's just an incredible amount of potential for sports teams and venues across the country to really act as leaders when it comes to changing the national conversation around food waste."

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Topics: Sustainability, Biogas, Waste

Making an 'Impact' with Bioenergy

Posted by Lee Drever on Oct 4, 2013 9:49:00 AM

Impact Bioenergy AD Facility
 Facility rendering of an Impact Bioenergy anaerobic digestion system.

Industry Profile: 
JAN ALLEN, Impact Bioenergy  

Jan Allen, Impact Bioenergy

Jan Allen has been involved in design, construction, and operation of organics facilities since 1989, at Cedar Grove Composting, CH2M HILL, Concept Kinetics, and Harvest Power.

Jan is president of IMPACT BIOENERGY. Formed this year, they intend to empower communities with the best bio-conversion technologies and services available to recycle organic materials into renewable energy and soil products.

He sat down with Octaform this week to talk anaerobic digestion and some of the hurdles it faces in North America.


How did you get into biogas?

My first experience was at Purdue University – we were allowed to do an undergraduate thesis – I chose methane potential via pig waste biogas. My second experience was designing mechanical piping for wastewater digesters. The concept has always been at the forefront of my engineering ideas but it has not always been economically feasible.

The economics have shifted into a much more favorable position. This is partly due to rising costs for alternatives like long distance disposal or recycling at distant composting facilities. It is also partly due to more domestic technology choices that don’t have to be imported from Europe.


A growing number of organizations and cities are aiming for zero waste as a goal. How does anaerobic digestion help accomplish this?

Anaerobic digestion is ideally suited to wet, high-calorie food wastes. These are precisely the same feedstocks that cause operational challenges for composting operations – too much water, not enough pore space, and too much oxygen demand at the beginning of the process. So for multifamily organics and commercial organics especially anaerobic digestion can extract energy and reduce the odour potential of the remaining digestate that goes to composting. College campuses are a great case study in both zero waste and self-generation of energy.

Many campuses and communities have taken the bolder step to both move past 50% diversion and to develop micro-grid power stations on-campus. Even if recycling goals are achieved they don’t account for the environmental impact of exporting waste. Today there are opportunities to avoid the fuel use for hauling and offsite disposal of these materials by creating energy locally from waste streams that would otherwise be wasted.

Converting organic materials into energy and soil on-campus is not only possible, it is more cost-effective and sustainable. With much of the district power and heating infrastructure built into their initial construction, college campuses across North America are moving to micro grid power systems. 

For example UC San Diego's 42-megawatt micro grid has a master controller and optimization system and uses different generator sources - photovoltaic solar panels, fuel cells, and natural gas generators - that enable it to cover more than 90 percent of the power requirement at the 1,200-acre campus. The micro grid saves the university some $800,000 a month in energy costs.

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Compared to Europe, North America has been slow to adopt biogas as a means of energy generation. What factors are holding back growth in North America?

In North America we generally operate on a market-driven system where lowest cost is overwhelmingly the decision criteria. In Europe the decision criteria was more about EU directives to reduce landfilling and produce renewable energy. These were policies adopted by counties and the European Union.

Renewable energy is tariff-driven in Europe where biomethane power is worth three times as much per kWh ($0.20/kWh in EU vs. $0.07/kWh in US). There are a number of variations on this concept including low-technology need for cooking and lighting fuel - used mainly Asia, India, and Africa; and environmental-control used mainly in North America for wastewater facilities.

The good news is that the supply chain and design/build industry for biogas is starting to grow in North America. That will drive down capital cost. We are still struggling with weak central policy and low energy tariffs but those may be the next barriers to address.


What areas of North America do you foresee growing in AD?

Those areas where there are high waste disposal costs or high electricity prices.


Over the last decade, Cow Power programs in Vermont and BC have attempted to help biogas become economically feasible. Do you believe that AD in North America can be feasible without subsidies or programs?

Yes if the current economics show high waste disposal costs or high electricity prices. It is really site-specific so each project has a unique economic situation. We created two self-evaluation models to help customers evaluate their specific economics (see here). In these tools there is a ‘project specifics’ tab to help collect the data to make a wise decision.


What services does Impact Bioenergy provide? How is Impact Bioenergy different from other firms involved in biogas?

IMPACT BIOENERGY was launched in Seattle in July 2013. We have created a unique business model focused on selling small-scale organic waste energy waste solutions to communities of 5,000 to 50,000 people for the production of renewable energy and valuable, carbon-rich by-products. Our products are pre-fabricated, modular, quickly deployed, and here in Pacific Northwest.

The centerpiece of our game-changing business model is the IMPACT BIOENERGY TECHNOLOGY SUITE: three separate but complementary organics recycling technology modules designed to operate independently or together. 


• Biomethane production via anaerobic digestion (AD)
• Soil and heat production via composting
• Charcoal, biochar, syngas, and heat production via gasification

The trends and convergence of the global issues we can address underscores the relevancy and timeliness of this offering. Every day, each resident in campus and urban area sends two pounds of valuable organic material to disposal.

IMPACT BIOENERGY is different than other technology providers because it focuses on small scale, standardized, simple, pre-fabricated assemblies to drive down the capital cost of renewable energy systems. Delivery and installation can be accomplished in about 6 months vs. typical concept-to-startup development cycles that require 2-4 years in the industry today. Operating costs are low with near zero inputs of chemicals and consumable materials.

The ultimate success of Impact Bioenergy’s plan lies in our ability to deliver systems that will create “communities” from our customers who enjoy information sharing in the areas of purchasing, operations, and marketing.

Impact Bioenergy

have professionals located on the West Coast and East Coast, and in the United States and Canada. The corporate home town is Seattle, Washington

Topics: Agriculture, Anaerobic Digestion, Sustainability, Biogas, Industry Profile, Bioenergy

Onsite with Octaform: Millbrook Biogas Project

Posted by Thomas Belsheim on Jun 13, 2013 4:56:00 PM

Welcome to a new segment titled "Onsite with Octaform". This segment will highlight the ability of Octaform to solve its customer’s most difficult problems. 

Bringing biogas technology to Canada: CCS-agriKomp 


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Octaform worked with CCS-Agrikomp, a joint venture between a Canadian based Carbon Control Systems and German based AgriKomp, to supply the forming system to build an Anaerobic Digester in Millbrook, Ontario.

Traditional construction methods for biogas rely on an unprotected concrete tank with an epoxy coating to cover the gasline. CCS-Agrikomp knew this construction method was insufficient for the long term, as A.D. chemicals degrade the structural integrity of concrete overtime. CCS-Agrikomp approached Octaform because they wanted to build a concrete based digester and needed a protective lining that would stand the test of time. 

Project Overview

Build Date: August 2010

Contractor: CCS-agriKomp

Location: Ontario, Canada

Project: 100 kilowatt Anaerobic Digestion System and generator house

Time of Construction:  24 days

Size:  ID: 131 ft  H: 19.7 ft

Wall Area: 7,426 SqFt 

The watertight forms provided the protective barrier between the concrete and the feedstock. This eliminated the ongoing need to epoxy coat a steel or concrete tank

In addition, CCS-AgriKomp chose to build with the Octaform System because of the ease of assembly.

Octaform panels don’t require special trades to assemble and that was a huge cost savings to us.”  - Chris Ferguson.  

The monolithic design of the
Octaform system significantly reduces construction timeframes. 

CCS February 27,2012 39The digester and generator house were built within 4 weeks by the staff of CCS-agriKomp under the direction of Octaform’s Field Services Technician. Today CCS-agriKomp offers farmers plant tours, and turnkey services that include the consulting, planning, construction and commissioning services.




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Topics: Agriculture, Biogas, tanks, Construction

Brits to Study Canadian Biogas Tech

Posted by Thomas Belsheim on Jun 7, 2013 4:38:00 PM

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British based Harper Adams University has received a grant to study a made-in-Canada manure treatment technology. 


Recently, Livestock Water Recycling Inc. (LWR) announced that its innovative, patent-pending manure management technology, will be studied by British based Harper Adams University. The project will evaluate the technical and economic benefits of LWR's system and its ability to successfully treat digestate from anaerobic digestion.

Harper Adams received funding under the UK WRAP- Driving Innovation in Anaerobic Digestion (DIAD) project. The DIAD project is aimed at identifying and developing technologies and solutions for the improvement of the anaerobic digestion process. The approved project, titled Re-cycling Nutrients and Water from Digestate (ReNWD), will be completed in June. 

In the process of anaerobic digestion, the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen produces heat, electricity and a byproduct known as digestate. Digestate is a mixture of nutrients and water which can be used as fertilizer. LWR's technology helps produce more valuable digestate through recycling water and concentrating nutrients. 

Scott Kirby, who is responsible for commercial farming operations at Harper Adams, is the project lead for ReNWD. Scott has toured LWR's headquarters in Calgary, AB and operating system sites in Manitoba and New York. Ross Thurston, President of LWR is confident that this study will, "create awareness of this new innovative technology and how it can aid livestock operations in effectively treating their effluent in an environmentally sustainable way".

In operation since 2011, Harper Adams 5 million dollar anaerobic digestion facility, utilizes dairy slurry, pig slurry and food waste to save approximately 13,000 tones of C02 per year, while using digestate for the University's farm and ground operations.

The collaboration between LWR and Harper Adams is part of a growing trend towards innovative technology creating an efficient biogas process. Such technology has recently been featured on this blog including Solutions4C02's Integrated Biogas Refinery technology.  Technological innovations by Solutions4C02 and LWR are key to making biogas a mainstay in North America. 

About LWR 

LWR is a Canadian-based environmental company which provides sustainable manure treatment technology for the livestock industry. The technology has been awarded a Canadian patent and is patent-pending in seven other countries around the world. LWR currently has operations throughout Canada and the US. The company’s manure treatment system can be placed at hog, dairy, and AD operations. For more information, please visit www.livestockwaterrecycling.com 

About Harper Adams University
Harper Adams University is located in Newport Shropshire, UK and it is the UK’s largest center of higher education for rural, land, animal, and food based studies. The University is renowned internationally for the quality of its education, applied research professional short courses and conferences. Over 640 hectares of land is owned by the University and is used to study large-scale commercial farming. For more information, please visit www.harper-adams.ac.uk 

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Topics: Agriculture, Biogas, tanks

Vermont Utility Expands Biogas Program

Posted by Thomas Belsheim on May 10, 2013 9:43:00 AM


Green Mountain Power's Cow Power Program creates cost incentives for farmers to turn livestock waste into renewable energy through anaerobic digestion. A new ruling by the Vermont Public Service Board will expand this program from a limited territory to Green Mountain's entire service territory.  

Green Mountain Power customers across Vermont can now support a pure Vermont form of renewable energy produced by over 10,000 Vermont dairy cows, thanks to a new ruling by the Vermont Public Service Board approving the expansion of the GMP Cow Power Program from the limited territory previously served by CVPS to the entire GMP service territory.

Cow Power was first offered to customers in 2004, as a way to offer new, local renewable energy choices. The GMP Cow Power program currently includes 12 farms, and generates 16 million kilowatthours per year -- enough to completely power 2,200 average Vermont homes.

"We are so excited to be able to offer GMP Cow Power to 90,000 additional Green Mountain Power customers," said Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power. "This program has so many benefits for farms, for the environment, and for Vermont as a whole. The expansion of this program is one more way that we can increase renewable power in Vermont."

To produce Cow Power, farmers feed cow manure into an on-site anaerobic digester. Naturally occurring microbes in the digester convert the waste into several useful byproducts, one of which is methane gas. The methane fuels an engine which drives an electric generator. Heat generated from this process is repurposed to keep the digester warm, and can offset fuel purchases on the farm for hot water and space heating. The energy generated is fed into the GMP electrical system for distribution to customers. 

The coarse plant fibers left over are processed through a mechanical separator. These odorless solids can be used to replace sawdust or sand as bedding for the animals. Solids not used for bedding may be further processed and sold as a garden soil. The liquid portion is an enhanced fertilizer used to grow crops to feed the cows.

Matt Maxwell is a farmer at Maxwell's Neighborhood Farm in Coventry, VT, which has been producing Cow Power since 2008. "We joined the program because milk prices were so low, and we were looking for a separate, steady income stream," he said. "It's been great for us. There's the income from the sale of electricity. We're using the dry by-product as bedding for our 750 dairy cows, and we have excess to sell to other farmers and landscapers. With excess heat from the engine we've been able to heat a 2,600 square foot greenhouse where we raise broccoli and greens for the wholesale market all winter, and tomatoes and peppers in the summer. We also heat our machine shop with the excess heat, which means we buy way less heating oil. When people pay a little extra to buy GMP Cow Power, they are helping the environment, and they are helping Vermont farmers stay in business."

Green Mountain Power customers can choose to buy 25%, 50%, or 100% of their energy from Cow Power, and pay an extra four cents per kilowatt hour premium. If an average Vermont household using 600 kwh a month decided to get 25% of their energy from GMP Cow Power, they would pay an extra $6 per month.

A similar program has been launched in British Columiba, Canada. The B.C. Agricultural Research and Development Coproration (ADRCorp) has created a program under which B.C.'s electricity consumers have the option to buy thier electricty from on-farm A.D. systems. The program, inspired by the Vermont initaitive, provides local renewable energy to B.C., while lowering carbon footprints. 

The programs in Vermont and British Columbia are postive signs for biogas in North America. However, the industry faces signficant challenges. One such challenge is finacial risk.  For example, under Cowpower Vermont, after grants, the farm still has to pay for more than half the cost of an average $2 million dollar digester project, which would usually be amortized over a 10-year period. Gross income from biogas energy for a 1000-head farm averages only $300,000 a year, about 7.5 percent of a dairy’s total gross revenue. Given that the life expectancy of a given system runs roughly only 20 years, invesment in Biogas is still a risky proposition.

While current North American industry is largely dependant on subsidies, innovation aims to change this. New technology including the growth and sale of biogas byproducts, increases profitability by adding additional revenue streams. Also, new and innovative tank building methods help expand the lifecyle of each project, bolsterring profitability. Governemnt and not-for-profit subsidies combined with technological advancements could hold the key to creating a more viable biogas market in North America. 

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Topics: Agriculture, Anaerobic Digestion, Biogas, Cowpower, Waste, American Biogas Council

New Biogas Technology Aims to Make Digesters More Profitable

Posted by Lee Drever on Apr 5, 2013 3:27:00 PM

A Wisconsin biogas facility is about to get into another green business: algae. 

Canadian company, Solutions4CO2 has just inked a deal to bring its proprietary Integrated Biogas Refinery (IBR) system to Vir-Clar Farm Power's already operational biogas facility in Wisconsin. The new system promises to increase the concentration of methane output while adding a new potential revenue stream to the mix: algae.

With slow returns and a tough regulatory climate, biogas has fought an uphill battle in North America. “Solutions4CO2 provides AD developers with real solutions to these economic and environmental challenges,” said Douglas Kemp-Welch, S4CO2’s Chief Executive Officer. 

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Integrated Biogas Refinery by Solutions4CO2 Inc.

The process of anaerobic digestion traditionally produces gas containing roughly 60% methane, 39% Carbon dioxide (CO2) and 1% hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Solutions4CO2's Integrated Biogas Refinery separates CO2 and H2S from methane by dissolving it into solid form, benefitting the system in two ways.  First, it allows for a more concentrated methane stream, resulting in increased power generation. Second, the newly separated CO2 and H2S are used to produce algae biomass, whose by-products are sold on the open market. 

Algae's future as a biofuel may still be up in the air but as many producers already know, there is a growing market for its nutraceutical and pharmaceutical co-products. If all goes as expected, this increased efficiency coupled with the new revenue will cut average new project payback times by more than half.

Solutions4CO2 Inc. (S4CO2) is a Canadian company that develops innovative Waste to High Value Co-Product solutions for waste gas, water and biomass streams. 

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Topics: Agriculture, Anaerobic Digestion, Sustainability, Biogas, Algae

UK AD & Biogas 2012 Annual Conference brings AD to the spotlight

Posted by Christina Florencio on Jun 21, 2012 11:41:00 AM

Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) has been established to represent all businesses involved in the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries, to help remove the barriers they face and to support its members to grow their businesses. Its principal aim is to enable and facilitate the development of a mature anaerobic digestion industry in the UK within 10 years.

The ADBA third annual trade show and conference, UK AD & Biogas 2012 will focus specifically on demonstrating where anaerobic digestion can offer the best benefits to local authorities, and the food and farming industries. 

Showcasing why AD is the missing link to achieving maximum waste and resource management, climate-smart farming and sustainable food production, this event will not only show how beneficial the integration of AD can be but how it can be most successfully achieved.

The city of Birmingham will be hosting the 2 Day Conference on July 4-5 and will have 22 free seminars, professional AD clinics (legal, finance, farming), 200 Exhibitors and an expected 3000 visitors.  

Octaform is a member of the ADBA and will be one of the exhibitors at the conference. Come visit us at Booth C31!

Register now. We hope to see you there!


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Topics: Farmers, Anaerobic Digestion, Biogas, Waste, Octaform

Green energy website for rural and First Nations

Posted by Christina Florencio on Jun 6, 2012 3:35:00 PM

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Vancouver, BC - Rural communities and First Nations can now access new information and tools to help them explore green energy opportunities with the launch of a dedicated website for the Green Energy as a Rural Development Tool Project: www.ruralbcgreenenergy.com.

The Green Energy project was designed to develop and circulate new information and tools that will assist rural communities and First Nations in exploring the economic opportunities around green energy development. The multi-year project will complete case studies on successful green energy projects and develop and circulate information and tools that will help assist rural communities and First Nations in developing Green Energy projects. All information developed as part of the project will be made available on the project website.

The Green Energy project was created and funded by a partnership that includes the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition, Columbia Basin Trust, the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, the Federal Government's Rural Partnership and the Provincial Government's Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic Response Branch.

"Interior rural communities and First Nations impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are all interested in exploring how green energy development can contribute to regional and community economic growth and diversification," said Rhona Martin, Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) Chair and Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area E Director. "This project provides information specific to rural communities and will assist with the feasibility assessment of various proposed Green Energy projects in the interior."

"Investment in Green Energy as a tool for rural economic development is so important for British Columbia," added Kerry Cook, Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC) Chair and Mayor of Williams Lake.

"Our communities are very focused on encouraging economic diversification to counter the devastating impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic on our communities."

Stephanie Killam, Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC) Chair and Mayor of Mackenzie added, "The growth of the alternative energy sector is one of the identified strategic priorities for the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition. The options, feasibility, technologies and programs impacting the development of the industry are varied and complex, and our small, rural communities usually lack the resources to fully understand the opportunities associated with green energy development. The project will provide significant assistance to our regions."

"The Green Energy sector has significant potential to contribute to rural economic development," added Donna Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Communities. "We are pleased to support this project in partnership with the BACs, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Federal Government."

"We are pleased to partner on this project that supports rural economic development," said Neil Muth, Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO. "Communities in the Columbia Basin have expressed an interest in exploring green energy projects as a means to diversify, and this project will provide them with information and tools they need to move forward."

The Beetle Action Coalitions were created in 2005-2006 to develop and implement mitigation plans that will help communities impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. SIBAC is managing the Green Energy as a Rural Development Tool project on behalf of the project partners.

Topics: Sustainability, Biogas, BC, Green Energy Project