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Large-scale anaerobic digester starts up in Michigan

October 11, 2012

FREMONT, Mich. — State and local officials gathered in Fremont, Mich., Wednesday to celebrate the startup of a new $22 million clean energy facility that will convert organic waste into electric power.

The Fremont Community Digester (FCD) plant is capable of converting 100,000 tons per year of food processing organic wastes into 3 megawatts of renewable electricity, according to NOVI Energy, the developer and manager of the Fremont project.

"Fremont is the first step in what we expect will be a series of anaerobic digesters to be developed in the United States and elsewhere in the world, producing renewable, sustainable electricity from organic waste to improve our environment and diversify our renewable electricity supply," said Anand Gangadharan, president of NOVI Energy.

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FCD is the first large-scale anaerobic digester in the U.S. that will take organic waste from multiple waste streams, including food processing wastes as well as agricultural wastes. It digests these wastes in enclosed tanks to produce biogas, which will fuel two reciprocating engine-generators to produce base load renewable electricity.