Happy Holidays From Regenis!

Thanks to everyone for a groundbreaking 2017, and we look forward to working together next year to reimagine our reusable resources.

BioCycle REFOR17

The annual BioCycle REFOR conference was held in Portland last week, drawing anaerobic digestion, compost and sustainability partners to the Red Lion Conference Center in Portland OR. The annual event is co-sponsored by BioCycle Magazine and the American Biogas Council (ABC).

Regenis was in full-force at the event, with Eric Powell, Director of Project Development, manning our booth in the Vendor’s Pavilion and Craig Frear, Director of Research and Technology, serving both as panelist to two key events and presenter at two break-out research development sessions.

Because of Regenis’ unique capabilities in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining digester and nutrient recovery systems, Eric had significant interest at the table from existing and future project developers in need of experience with organics as well as renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, which are a viable alternative use for captured methane gas in anaerobic digesters.

Craig, in his capacity as an ABC Board Member, was co-host to roughly 80 pre-conference attendees in a workshop to spearhead cohesion between the fields of anaerobic digestion and composting.

On the final day of the conference, Craig presented data with Tera Lewandowski from Scotts Miracle-Gro on a research and development partnership aimed at utilizing digested dairy fiber in Miracle-Gro formulations. Additionally, Craig presented the latest data co-collected by Washington State University (WSU) and Regenis of the company’s recently installed fine solids separation unit, which recovers 85 percent of the phosphorous in dairy manure wastewater and 40 percent of the nitrogen, giving dairies another tool to create a closed-loop, sustainable farm while generating another stream of revenue through the creation of nutrient-rich organic fertilizers.

REFOR17 had attendees from 37 states and numerous international countries—including a group from Guatemala, who toured some of Regenis’ Washington state installations after the close of the conference. With such enthusiasm to reimagine reusable resources among this year’s gathering, the Regenis team is already looking forward to the 2018 event.

Regenis Installs Fine Solids Separation System In Western Washington

Washington State’s watersheds scored a win this week as agricultural waste company, Regenis, installed the first phosphorous recovery system west of the Cascades at Edaleen Dairy in Lynden.

This fine solids separation system, called a Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF) unit, removes solids in manure wastewater through a system that injects the tank with air bubbles and organic polymer, causing the solids to float to the surface where they can be skimmed off, dewatered, and stored. (more…)

Snohomish County Tribune Profiles Regenis-built Qualco Digester

MONROE — They were pioneers when the sky was falling.
Back in 2008, when the housing and stock markets were crashing, the family farmers at Werkhoven Dairy in Monroe took a huge leap of faith—one that carried them to some nearby land and a project/process that would ultimately help the dairy, the state, the Native American Tulalip tribes, and the environment. Read the rest of the article…


Biogas Given Certainty As California Extends Cap-And-Trade Legislation

Last week, California Democrats and Republicans set aside political differences, decisively pushing forward a bill to help fight global climate change.

As part of the bill, more revenue will be available to support methane capture through building anaerobic digesters. Such agricultural projects are key in the bill’s strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s prominent dairy industry.

Under Assembly Bill 398,California’s cap-and-trade program is extended for an additional ten years–through 2030. This program, which sells mandatory pollution permits to industries, uses the proceeds to fight climate change on a variety of fronts. Because of California’s enormous agricultural sector, biogas and dairy digester projects will play a big role in these emission reduction efforts.

California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed the bill into law earlier today, joined by former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This follows a floor vote of two-thirds support from both the State Senate and State Assembly last week, including both the overwhelming majority Democrats in the legislature along with a number of Republicans who represent agriculturally dominant districts in the Central Valley.

Prior to the bill’s passage, funding for all emission reduction strategies beyond 2020 were in doubt, exemplified by the 2016 legislature reducing a proposed $500 million in cap-and-trade appropriation over the next five years for dairy digesters to $35 million with no long term commitment beyond 2017: a fiscal reality given purchases for pollution permits had gone from robust to rare as large polluters and carbon financial markets shied away from their uncertain long term value.

Now, with extension of the cap-and-trade program through 2030 providing certainty for industries and carbon trading markets, an influx of expanded funding for agricultural projects (including anaerobic digesters) from permit proceeds are expected track upwards again.

State agencies have projected a need for 300 dairy digesters by 2030 to meet California’s emissions reduction targets. With the California Department of Farms and Agriculture (CDFA) offering each dairy up to $3 million in grant money to help offset some digester development costs, the 2016 appropriation would have provided funding for about ten digesters. With the 2030 extension, the state can now claim the initial emission reduction targets passed in 2006 under the landmark legislation AB 32 are grounded in reality.