Our group has globally developed over 45 large-scale bioenergy facilities that use MSW organics as the feedstock. Our experiences can be translated into lessons we have learned and the understanding of the critical success factors needed in a successful MSW organics project. The key lessons we have learned include:
- All parties in a project must have realistic expectations based on practical experience
- The client/user should be a partner, as opposed to a buyer
- The generator must be better educated as to the diversion program requirements
- Fully implemented diversion programs will not produce the same results as pilot programs
- Expect challenges and stay the course and plan to success
- Have plans B & C for critical operating elements
- Transferring design & operating knowledge from Europe was difficult and time consuming
- Design building emissions management systems to higher tolerances
- More effective placement of equipment to support required throughput & efficiencies
- Changes to operating procedures to support processing & equipment maintenance
North American Experience
With our partners, we have developed North America's first two commercial scale AD plants.
1. City of Toronto, Ontario (Dufferin Transfer Station)
Along with three other joint venture partners we designed, built and have always operated an AD plant owned by the City of Toronto. As of March 31, 2014 this plant has processed 360,047 metric tonnes of residential source separated organics (SSO) that are curbside collected from over 510,000 single-family homes and thousands of commercial businesses. The facility is being expanded in 2015-2017 to double design capacity to 55,000 metric tonnes annually.
2. Newmarket, Ontario
This plant began operations in mid-2000 and is designed to process source separated organics (SSO) and organic rich waste streams from municipal and private waste generators as well as waste management service providers. On-site cogeneration engines use the biogas produced in the process to generate power and heat for the plant and surplus power for distribution to the local electrical grid. This plant was sold in 2003 and is now owned and operated by a waste management services provider.