BTS Bioenergy Awarded $500,000 Dollar Combined Heat and Power Grant
Baltimore, MD – Today the Maryland Energy Administration announced that BTS Bioenergy will receive a $500,000-dollar Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grant to aide in the construction of a new bioenergy facility. BTS Bioenergy, headquarter in Italy, will build their first U.S. facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority in Jessup, MD on a 400-acre industrial lot.
The BTS Bioenergy facility will combine anaerobic bio-digestion with a 1.4 mega-watt CHP system which will produce an estimated $821,000 dollars in annual electricity revenue and simultaneously yield nearly $200,000 dollars annually in fuel savings due to thermal off sets and the elimination of boilers. This facility in Howard County will process 100,000 tons of food waste per year, significantly reducing food waste.
“This new bioenergy plant will generate renewable energy by recycling food waste, diverting waste from landfills and decrease the need for traditional fossil fuels,” explained MEA Director, Mary Beth Tung, Ph.D. “CHP systems offer cost-effective payback period and is an excellent example of the importance of public-private partnerships here in Maryland,” concluded Director Tung.
“Working together with the Maryland Energy Administration shows what is good for business can also good for the environment. The ability to create combined heat and power from organics once destined for incineration or already overcrowded landfills helps solve an important environmental challenge, while creating affordable sustainable energy and reducing greenhouse gases. We look forward to a long relationship here in Maryland.” said Shawn Kreloff, CEO & Executive Director BTS Bioenergy
Last June, Governor Larry Hogan signed the Waste Reduction and Resource Recovery Plan Executive Order which was designed to enhance Maryland’s sustainable materials management and beneficial reuse. MEA was one of several state agencies challenged to assist in efforts that boost the state’s recycling rate via research and adoption of renewable energy recovery technologies including anaerobic digestion.
Over their 20-years in business, BTS Bioenergy has designed, financed and built over 200 sustainable, clean anaerobic bio-digestion energy generation plants. BTS Bioenergy expects their Maryland facility to be operational in 2019. BTS Bioenergy is in the process of working with local food producers and waste haulers in the region to obtain organic waste that would traditionally be sent to a landfill or incinerated.
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