Organics-to-energy plant opens in Florida

By Staff | May 01, 2014

Harvest Power Inc.’s 5.4-MW combined-heat-and-power facility is now online in Bay Lakes, Fla. The organics-to-energy facility will process more than 120,000 tons of food scraps each year when running at full capacity.

The Central Florida Energy Garden facility is located within the Reedy Creek improvement District, the immediate governing jurisdiction for the land of the Walt Disney World Resort. The resort has become the first Energy Garden customer. Many restaurants, hotels and food processors throughout the region are expected to send food scraps to the digester as well.

The plant uses low-solids anaerobic digestion. Input materials are blended, mixed with heated water and inoculum to kick-start the digestion process before they are pumped into the chamber where digestion and biogas production occur.

Harvest Power currently manages more than 2 million tons of organic material through nearly 40 operating sites in North America, generating nearly 65,000 MWh of energy per year.