Waste To Energy on an Industrial Scale: Eco-Growth

This amazing tech turns biomass waste to energy, reducing costs and carbon footprint. In this video I interview Glen Smith from Eco Growth in Calgary Alberta. Eco Growth is one of the best examples of an industrial permaculture. They look at every waste stream and find ways to upcycle it. In this video I go through a system that Eco Growth can install in a number of locations to upcycle food, cardboard and other forms of biomass into thermal and even potentially power.

For more information on Eco Growth check out their website.

1:33 It started with a wood boiler
5:28 Replacing cardboard compactor at a remote grocery store
7:08 Biomass fuel is carbon neutral
9:03 Addressing plastic waste with the same technology, and making useful stuff
10:46 Turning waste Wor Won Ton into useful stuff
11:43 savings from picking up dry waste vs wet, reduced hauling
13:00 Take a tour!!
13:18 Meet EGOR, the Eco-growth Organic reactor
13:38 1000 lb/day of food waste and turn it into 200 lb of dry “fluff”
14:39 processing dry waste streams – no more hauling cardboard!
16:00 80-90% of what goes into the dumpster can be processed
16:40 Conveyor & Hopper, construction and capacity
17:25 Boiler system
16:40, why there is no smoke from combustion
17:12 Boiler setup
18:04 Connecting to heat the client’s building with their biomass
18:48 Heating the laundry water DAILY using their biomass
19:45 The Gasification process
20:55 1000 lb of food waste becomes less than a pound of ash – ash removal system

About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture:
In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/

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