Submitted by: Organix
Posted: Sep 17, 2007 – 08:00 AM EST
Sep. 17 /CSRwire/ - RUPERT, ID - September 17, 2007 - Organix Inc. of Walla Walla, Washington has announced the beginning of production at its commercial peat moss replacement facility in Rupert, Idaho. The facility, which began as a pilot, is now delivering its first shipments to clients in the region. The facility is co-located with the Intrepid Technology and Resources digester at the Whitesides Dairy.
"It's great to see the first material leave to market," said Organix Project Manager Jerry Graham. "This is to be the first in a series of facilities being planned for development over the next 6 years, so getting the first one operational was important. The digester companies we have had contact with all seem very excited about having a practical answer for digester solids."
The product, dubbed RePeatTM, contains no peat moss and is created using Organix’ patent pending system called FibeRiteTM. The Company's system accepts dairy solids (fiber) from an anaerobic digester and converts it into a high value, peat moss substitute designed for the horticulture industry. The integrated bio-filtration system contains and converts emissions during processing.
With the current interest in renewable energy projects, biogas capture remains one of the most popular ways for a dairy to implement an environmental compliance strategy while improving manure management capabilities. Until now, anaerobic digestion plants have offered little in the way of post digestion solid and liquid residuals handling.
"We have been working on this process for quite a while; it's great to see the first production facility underway," explains Russ Davis, President of Organix. "When combined with an anaerobic digester, we are confident that we address nearly all significant issues associated with managing dairy solids including ammonia capture, runoff, leachate, methane reduction, dust, climate change, odor and more. We are raising the bar far beyond the outdated simple compost model to create a new dairy facility standard – the renewable peat replacement "bog"."
Davis states that the FibeRiteTM system gives large dairy CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) the jump on upcoming regulatory mandates like ammonia capture, greenhouse gas release and groundwater contamination issues. Organix is also experimenting with ways of dealing with liquids resulting from the digestion process and hopes to unveil options later this year.
According to Davis, RePeatTM has generated considerable interest among nurseries, landscape companies, soil blenders and horticultural users across the nation. "The quality control aspect of this system accomplishes two major feats: we can turn out a consistent, premium grade horticultural product while employing a financially viable, environmentally friendly way of dealing with dairy manure. Everyone seems excited about having this story to tell."
Organix is responsible for processing nearly 1,000 tons daily of dairy and municipal organic residuals throughout the northwest.
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