The Morrisville Municipal Authority is partnering with a renewable energy company to turn solid waste into fuel. This is one step toward building a new sewage treatment plant serving Yardley, Lower Makefield, Falls Township, and Morrisville.
MMA Executive Director John Warenda says Ecoremedy’s Gasification process is more efficient than what they currently do.
“Right now we dewater it with belt presses. The dried sludge is hauled off to the landfill,” Warenda explained. “The folks at Ecoremedy made a large commitment to demonstrating their technology. They dry it at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce most of the solid waste into a dry ash and biochar.”
The treatment plant processes about 5,000 tons of wet solid waste per year to send to the landfill. With Fluid Lift Gasification, roughly 500 tons would go to the landfill and the rest would be used for renewable energy.
Ecorememdy President Dave Mooney claims the process would be able to handle five times what MMA is producing right now.
“The Morrisville project will demonstrate a completely sustainable, full-scale, inside-the-fence, end-to-end solution for converting biosolids into renewable clean energy while simultaneously reducing the community’s total carbon footprint,” said. “With a modular design where multiple units can operate in parallel, we can scale up our process to serve large population centers.”
This is one step towards Morrisville’s dream of building an entirely new sewer treatment plant. The goal is to have state-of-the-art technology for the coming decades without increasing cost to taxpayers.
“We’re cautiously optimistic that all of these various pieces of the puzzle will come together,” Warenda said. “The problem is that it’s not making one decision and then putting your moeny down on the counter and picking up a bar of candy. There are a lot of things that have to come together, but I think it’s going to work out.”
Warenda will be presenting a draft plan for the new facility to the Borough Board of Directors towards the end of the month. A third party engineering firm conducting a cost analysis on the plan found costs similar to the initial prediction.