Canadian biogas company, Carbon Control Systems has teamed with German technology provider, agriKomp with the aim of becoming Canada’s first turnkey anaerobic digestion system provider.
Starting with a 135-kilowatt on-farm reference biogas plant in Millbrook, Ontario, the joint venture now known as CCS-agriKomp has made it their mandate to help kick start AD technology in North America.
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Offering tours of the biogas plant to local farmers, CCS-agriKomp plans to showcase proven German technology as well as innovative Canadian product. Vancouver-based Octaform Systems is a stay-in-place PVC concrete forming system used for the tanks. Eliminating the need for secondary seals or treatments, the Octaform system allowed for CCS-agriKomp to build better, faster and in the long run, cheaper.
“We decided to go with Octaform because we wanted to be hands on in with building the tanks,” says Chris Ferguson, Managing Director at CCS-agriKomp, “The Octaform panels don’t require special trades to assemble and that was a huge cost savings to us.” Octaform not only provided an easy system for building the tanks, the airtight panels protect the concrete from the highly corrosive anaerobic digestion environment.
With over 400 biogas plants built in the last 11 years, agriKomp’s technology is a proven, robust source of power in Europe. Down time is costly in the biogas game and agriKomp’s systems boast operational output rates of over 95 per cent.
On site, farmers are given a comprehensive overview of a complete biogas plant. Most of the feedstock comes from 100 cows on Ferguson’s 150-acre farm, corn silages and grease from nearby restaurants. The end result from this feedstock is enough energy to dry grain in a 180-metric-ton batch dryer, power CCS-agriKomp’s 7,600-square-foot headquarters, and provide electricity to more than 50 homes.
Says Ferguson, “I want to bring the awareness to local farmers that this model works here and around the world and definitely fits into the typical agricultural system that is here and the resources that are here.”
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