ThermoEnergy ARP Technology Achieves Key Milestone; Test Results Demonstrate Cost-Effective Recovery of Ammonia from Wastewater in Agricultural Biogas Production
WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ThermoEnergy Corp. (OTCBB: TMEN), has announced that it has successfully completed field and laboratory tests to prove that the company’s Thermo ARP(TM) (Ammonia Recovery Process) system can efficiently recycle the wastewater from agricultural anaerobic digester biogas plants into valuable fertilizers and chemicals. The tests were conducted on behalf of major biogas developers in the U.S.
The EPA AgSTAR program estimates there are approximately 170 anaerobic digesters currently in operation and more than 8,000 diary and swine operations in the U.S. with the potential to support biogas recovery systems. There are also a significant number of biogas operations throughout Europe, where high-fuel prices and stricter carbon regulations have made these projects more competitive. The processing of manure into biogas through anaerobic digesters produces fuel for electricity generation and considerably reduces methane emissions from cattle manure. Methane is a greenhouse gas with 20 times the potency of CO2.
“The Company believes that the agricultural biogas industry will be a significant growth market for the company, both in the U.S. and internationally,” said Cary Bullock, ThermoEnergy’s Chairman and CEO. “Our high-efficiency Thermo ARP System has the potential to increase the profitability of agricultural biogas production by recycling environmentally problematic wastewater streams into high-value products. This provides numerous benefits to the biogas industry, the economy, and our environment,” said Bullock. “The recycling process makes agricultural biogas more economically attractive which in turn increases renewable fuel production for distributed electricity generation. Additionally, our services reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, create alternative energy jobs, and reduce harmful methane emissions that contribute to global warming. Our Thermo ARP system removes nutrients from digester wastewater streams that contribute to biological oxygen demand (BOD) problems that play havoc with the ability of rivers, lakes and bays to support healthy marine life.”
Founded in 1988, ThermoEnergy Corporation is a diversified technologies company engaged in the development and sales of disruptive wastewater recovery and power generation technologies in global markets. Additional information on the Company and its technologies can be found on its website at www.thermoenergy.com.
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