Zero Waste Energy, LLC.
Zero Waste Energy, LLC was founded in 2009 and incorporated in 2010 in San Jose, California, by an experienced group of innovative solid waste industry leaders. They recognized the value in the best use of waste feedstock and the systems needed to sort out high value commodities and to generate renewable energy. ZWE’s principal goal has been to design, construct, and operate solid waste handling and advanced composting facilities that optimize waste diversion and the generation of renewable energy in an efficient and environmentally sound manner. Many in the waste industry are seeking “zero waste” or renewable energy from waste. Zero Waste Energy brings real, executable solutions to developers and operators throughout the world.
Our process is simple yet extremely efficient. Once recyclable materials and contaminants are removed, sorting technology designed by our partner, Bulk Handling Systems ('BHS'), comprises the front-end management system and mechanically sorts and segregates with an emphasis on additional recovery. This ultimately prepares the organic material for our patented Kompoferm dry anaerobic digestion and IVC Plus in-vessel composting processes, developed by our partner, Eggersmann Anlagenbau, which together produce renewable energy and high-quality compost.
We have what it takes to make your waste processing project come to life:
Zero Waste Energy is a strategic business partner that understands the new dynamics of the solid waste industry with an emphasis on developing unique business solutions, utilizing proven technology, and leveraging our professional resources to build measurable value for our clients.
With our integrated solutions system, not only can we design, build and operate your waste management project, we have all the vital resources to make it successful above and beyond your expectations.
The following resources and services encompass our integrated solutions system:
- Market Strategy Development
ZWE has the unique ability to understand local market dynamics. This allows us to assist in developing unique market strategies for our clients that can be used to design a system that addresses not only the current business objectives, but those identified as future opportunities.
- Technology Partnerships
ZWE has developed strategic business alliances with unique technology partners that allow us to expand the comprehensive nature of the facilities we design and build, with the focus on achieving the highest and best use of the processed material.
- Project and Site Permitting
We have significant experience in project management and site permitting specific to solid waste and energy related facilities, and we work with strategic business partners who possess a variety of skills and experience unique to renewable energy projects.
- Facility and Equipment Engineering
Our philosophy at ZWE is to provide value driven engineering services for the facilities we design and construct, and to match the equipment with the anticipated future needs of our clients. Each project is unique in its requirements, which is why we believe that as much flexibility as possible should be built into our projects.
- Project Financing
ZWE maintains solid relationships with commercial banks and equity investors, as well as Federal, State, and Local government agencies with the intent of helping facilitate the most advantageous financing packages for our clients, including the use of investment tax credits which can effectively lower the initial net capital expenditure.
- Design and Construction Management
The professional staff and management of ZWE possess years of experience in design, construction, and operations of solid waste facilities, making us uniquely qualified to manage this process utilizing a 'real world' outlook that contemplates the facility from the viewpoint of the user.
- Facility Start-up/Transition Services
ZWE believes that in order for a project to be successful, we must be involved in the development and implementation of the start-up plan (or the transition plan in the case of a facility retro-fit). Our professionals will work with our clients to put together a realistic start-up plan focused on optimizing the equipment and processes in a timely and operationally efficient manner.
- Operational Support and Facility Management
ZWE management and staff are experienced solid waste and engineering professionals who provide the operational support necessary to make your project a success. We have the ability to develop facility operating processes and guidelines, operational improvement strategies, or manage your facility under a full-service operating agreement.
- Technical Support
Through our trusted partnerships, we are able to provide our clients with immediate support on a variety of technical support services, which allows us to stand behind our systems once they are in place. Our technical support network allows us to react quickly to our customers and to monitor and adjust their systems to account for changing requirements.
- Renewable Energy Credit Marketing
Technologies employed by Zero Waste Energy generally reduce greenhouse gases, and may qualify for emission reduction credits. The most common qualifiers are the diversion of waste that otherwise would have been taken to a landfill, and the process of generating power from non fossil fuel based feedstocks. We have developed partnerships with highly skilled firms who are experts in marketing Renewable Energy Credits ('RECs') related to projects in which we are involved, and assist our clients in optimizing their REC opportunities.
- Sustainable System Measurement
We believe that there is significant sustainability value in the systems we design and build, and that measurement of this value, including improvement over baseline values, is essential to the overall management of an integrated facility. ZWE has formed a partnership with highly qualified sustainability measurement professionals, who can assist our clients in articulating their environmental story.
Zero Waste Energy is built on the notion that sustainable operating systems represent the future of the industrial sector, and the implication that what was once a throw away item can be harnessed to produce renewable energy in an economical manner. However, the concept would stand to lose some of its luster unless the strategy included a method to ensure that all company facilities are engaged in actively managing their resources and are focused on remaining carbon neutral.
To this end, ZWE facilities endeavor to utilize a portion of the renewable energy that each plant produces to operate the facility infrastructure and equipment, with the balance of the converted biogas being distributed to the local market in the form of electricity or transportation fuels. Each ZWE facility generally has in place a comprehensive sustainability strategy with the following objectives and features:
- Individual energy efficiency plans for onsite loads, including passive systems such as day lighting and active or mechanical systems such as ductless heat lamps.
- Active management and tracking of truck transportation to and from the facility by vehicles moving solid waste, compost product and recyclables designed to minimize the vehicle miles traveled and carbon emissions.
- Optimized efficiency tracking of traffic patterns and trucking/machinery movement at the site to reduce carbon emissions.
- Maximization of recovery to avoid waste volumes transported to landfills and associated greenhouse gases produced through traditional disposal methods.
- Utilization (where possible) of low emission hybrid vehicles and equipment on site.
- Use of anti-idling shut off controls on onsite vehicles and equipment.
- Plan to improve fuel efficiency and reduce particulate emissions through upgrades in onsite vehicles and loading equipment through best available control technology.
- Integration of additional onsite renewable energy systems through the use of solar and wind power technologies where possible.
- Ongoing exploration of on-site partnerships with complementary renewable energy technologies.
ZWE starts by establishing benchmark measurements to determine the facility base carbon footprint, and then periodically measures the progress in reducing the base footprint toward pre-set goals or milestones which are consistent with ZWE's strategy of achieving a carbon neutral rating (or better) at each facility.
ZWE is intent on maximizing the recovery of materials and ensuring that they are moved to their highest and best use. As a comprehensive solutions provider, we design systems which are capable of significant recovery of commodities that would normally end up in a landfill, including the recovery of materials from municipal solid waste streams as the 'front-end' of organic waste processing, to the complex 'back-end' segregation of compost to optimize value. Our systems are designed to optimize the recovery of valuable materials, consequently generating greater value by increasing recoverable volumes and enhancing the quality of that material.
The quality biogas that is produced through our Kompoferm dry AD process has multiple uses. It can be used to feed fuel cells or internal combustion engines that generate power and heat. It can also be converted to compressed natural gas ('CNG') and liquefied natural gas ('LNG') that is used to fuel transportation systems and natural gas vehicles.
Compost is composed of organic materials generally derived from plant and animal matter that has been decomposed through decomposition. Nutrient rich digestate is a by-product of our Kompoferm dry AD process. The digestate is added to existing composting systems or our In-Vessel Composting systems, allowing the operator to market a highly desirable product used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. The compost can be beneficial for the environment in many ways, including soil as a conditioner, fertilizer, and for the addition of humus or humic acids for soil.
In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, and wetland construction. While the process of composting is fairly simple, the quality of the product can vary widely based on the process employed. The use of the digestate produced through the Kompoferm AD system offers significant potential to upgrade the finished quality of compost to a premium product.
Renewable Energy Credits ('REC's')
A renewable energy credit (REC) is created when one megawatt-hour ('MWh') of renewable electricity is fed into the power grid. An REC represents the positive environmental benefits associated with renewable energy generation. RECs have economic value and can be bought and sold, which allows anyone in any part of the country to support green energy. Most of our projects qualify for RECs and we will assist our clients in optimizing their potential to facilitate and obtain their value.
Disposal Cost Avoidance
ZWE's Kompoferm AD technology is focused on local processing and attaining the 'highest and best use' of the material being processed through alternative recovery systems. On average, our systems are able to recover up to 90% (including shrinkage from moisture reduction and screening) of the waste material processed through front-end recovery systems, energy recovery, and compost. The traditional cost of disposal is effectively transformed into the generation of biogas and a new revenue stream.
Environmental Value Proposition
With ZWE's anaerobic digestion technology, the user can attain measurable reductions in greenhouse gas ('GHG') impact, offering the potential to garner carbon credit offsets in the future. Through our associates, we can calculate environmental benchmarks and measure improvement in GHG output and carbon footprint reduction.