With only a few basic pieces of information, namely:
- What is being processed (data such as TS, TSS, pH are helpful too)
- Daily volumes (max)
- Timeframe (when desired)
We can estimate both the capital and operating costs. Melissa VanOrnum, 920-418-4543, will be glad to help you investigate at no obligation.
Contact Melissa VanOrnum, DVO Vice President Marketing, at 920-849-9797 or [email protected]
Our system substantially outperforms the other technologies such as “complete-mix” and the even older “plug-flow” (non-mixing) systems… by producing more biogas per unit of feedstock, more efficiently and with reduced maintenance costs. It is also maintains a more robust and stable operation. Owners appreciate that DVO digesters are designed to be operated and maintained by their own staff, not requiring trained technicians.
Yes. And also why we see better odor reduction and pathogen control.
3rd party figures are publicly available (see above-referenced “EPA – Gordondale” report available on our website) where others typically do not. For pathogens that cause farmers problems such as E-coli and salmonella, we see a 97-99% removal. Often lab reports come back “none detected.” This is only possible because our design offers a guaranteed hydraulic retention time (HRT) — which means every unit of waste that goes into our digester is retained and processed for a guaranteed number of days. In a complete-mix digester this is impossible. Some waste leaves the system too soon (waste not fully digested will contain many more pathogens, and energy not harvested), and some is also left in and processed longer than necessary, which reduces system efficiency. And, you can’t kill the same pathogen more than once.
Mechanical mixers require more energy to adequately mix the same amount of liquid, which reduces the output and efficiency of the system. Furthermore, anything that is more mechanical and complex is inherently less reliable and will require more maintenance.
Some states offer grants. We can determine if you qualify and help you apply for them.
Yes, and we can assist you with the application process.
This will differ greatly from state to state, and region to region.
Yes it is — when it is economically practical to do so. But that is not typical. To take advantage of a higher peak rate one must install 2-3x the power generation equipment (to burn the gas created during off-peak hours in a shortened timeframe) — which engines will also then be cycled on/off and idled daily. Cycling engines is hard on them and as a result their maintenance costs also increase. In short: When the financial return of biogas storage more than covers significant additional capital and operating expenses, DVO can provide this capability.
Absolutely. DVO’s unique 2-stage “Mixed Plug-Flow™” design actually does a more thorough job of processing food wastes and other energy substrates, compared to complete-mix/CSTR and other digesters. This is partly due to our guaranteed retention time. — namely, waste does not leave the system “too soon”. For this reason DVO also does a better job of pathogen and odor destruction. However, before adding any substrate for the first time we recommend a lab analysis be performed on a sample to ensure that there are no bactericides, high salt concentrations, etc. that might disrupt the digestion process.
Yes. They are designed to accept a wide variety of organic wastes, with a range of solids content.
Yes. You can use it and sell what you do not use to the power company. However, in the majority of cases it has been advantageous to sell all of it to your utility and buy what you need off the grid.
Potentially, yes — through EQIP or other state or federal programs. DVO can help determine which program(s) may apply in your case. PR can also be included in a new AD installation.
The installation cost is relative to the volume of waste to be processed daily. The particular characteristics of any waste stream can also influence system design and cost as well. Some upfront testing is usually desired.
Yes. Like our digester, Phosphorus Recovery is designed to operate automatically and with minimal supervision.
As digester designs differ, so can their performance. Partly because a DVO digester’s unique design offers a “guaranteed retention time,” waste streams are more thoroughly processed than with other AD designs. The benefit is both a higher level of Phos removal and more economical operation.
DVO is initially rolling Phosphorus Recovery out to its customers, but may also offer this process to other AD owners at a later date (TBD).
Yes. Waste streams that are anaerobically processed first enable us to concentrate and remove phosphorus economically.
Yes. For example, phosphorus recovered from urban organics can be diverted from landfills. The PR system can accommodate a high-degree of input variability.
Our guaranteed hydraulic retention time means all waste is uniformly processed, and none leaves the vessel too soon. In a Complete-Mix/CSTR digester, some waste leaves too soon, leaving food for bacteria, odor and pathogens. Some also remains longer than desired, decreasing processing efficiency.
Yes. It’s also why we see better odor reduction and pathogen control.
Third-party figures are publicly available, where others typically do not. For pathogens that cause farmers problems, such as E. coli and salmonella, we see 97-99% removal. Lab reports often come back “none detected.” This is only possible because our design offers a guaranteed hydraulic retention time, which means every unit of waste that goes into our digester is retained and processed for a guaranteed number of days. In a complete-mix digester this is impossible. Some waste leaves the system too soon, and waste not fully digested will contain many more pathogens, and energy not harvested. Some waste also is left in and processed longer than necessary, which reduces system efficiency.
Since the digester changes the nutrients and waste from primarily organic to primarily inorganic, you can apply digested liquid directly to a growing crop without fear of burning the leaves or killing the plant. As a result, our farmers typically hold their digested liquid for use during the growing season to increase their crop yield (often, significantly). Optionally, DVO can treat the digestate, concentrate the nutrients, and recycle the digestate to dampen incoming, drier wastes. This process is necessary to economically digest poultry litter.
No nutrients are lost because the digester only breaks down carbon-based molecules. It cannot break down nitrogen, potassium or phosphorous. However, it does change the form of the nutrients, from an organic state to an inorganic state, which means nutrients are more “plant-accessible.” This is why liquid coming from a digester can be applied to a growing crop without burning the leaves. In fact, the nutrients act as an excellent starter fertilizer.
Yes. There are two ways to expand your digester. One is to lengthen the digester like you might lengthen a barn. The other option is to build a second digester next to the first and have the two share a common wall.
The cost will vary considerably depending on the size and layout of the operation. We can provide a rough estimate after gaining an understanding of certain aspects of your operation. We work hard to keep our system costs down without impacting system performance or reliability.
Biogas, which can be used to create electricity or in a boiler to create steam. Or it can be scrubbed to create natural gas. Other revenue streams include a solid, a liquid and waste heat.
- Digested solids can be used as a high-quality animal bedding, replacing other bedding sources such as sand or sawdust. Solids can also be sold as a peat-moss replacement or a fertilizer.
- The digested liquid effluent can be applied to a growing crop, reducing the likelihood of runoff and increasing crop yield.
- Other revenue streams include the possible sale of carbon credits, renewable energy credits, and the Federal Production Tax Credit.
- Waste heat in the form of hot water is a byproduct that digester owners are using to heat various parts of their operation (parlor, maintenance shop, etc.)
A common question that receives the common response, “It depends.” The major determining factors are how much energy is available in the waste stream, and what electrical rates are available from your utility. There are other factors as well. Our digesters are scalable and accommodate a wide range of waste volumes. For example, our dairy farm customers range in size from 600 cows to over 10,000 head (and multiples for larger dairies).
Yes. Barn top-scrape / cleanout intervals and bedding material selection can optimize digester performance.
At no cost or obligation DVO will examine your waste stream(s) content or lab data and provide any recommendations.