September 5, 2008 by Manure Manager
Avatar Energy, a renewable energy company with headquarters in Walnut Creek, Calif., has developed the world’s first scalable anaerobic digester to employ a tubular, modular design platform, geared to small-, medium-, or large-scale farms.
Avatar Energy, a renewable energy
company with headquarters in Walnut Creek, Calif., has developed the
world’s first scalable anaerobic digester to employ a tubular, modular
design platform, geared to small-, medium-, or large-scale farms.
Expanding the potential of a previously underused economic resource –
organic waste – the digester will enable farmers to convert the methane
in animal manure and crop residues to biogas energy that can power
boilers and generators on the farm, and generate income from “green
power” sales. Using a mesophilic plug flow system – the most reliable
system in the digester industry – the Avatar anaerobic digester can
also create secondary byproducts such as solids for odorless,
pathogen-free animal bedding, a phosphorous-rich fertilizing sludge,
and nitrogen-rich liquids for direct field application.
These products can be used to cut costs on the farm as well as sold to
create a stream of income for the farmer. Cost effective with rapid
average payback, farmers will receive a five- to 10-year return on
their investment in the system, which has a minimum 25-year lifespan. A
moveable, non-fixed asset, installation is done above ground and
utilizes minimal concrete. Additionally, the system is fully automated,
inexpensive to operate, and requires very little maintenance.
Founded in January 2005, Avatar Energy is dedicated to the development
of technologies that increase profitability and sustainability of
agriculture, protect the environment, and capture renewable energy.
With corporate offices in Walnut Creek, Calif., and an R&D,
manufacturing, and demonstration site in Burlington, Vt., Avatar Energy
is poised to meet the changing demands of today’s farms.