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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Spring POWER Meeting is Stellar

Scott Seydel,
our fearless leader
The Spring POWER meeting was stellar with excellent presentations, astute participants and lively dialogue.  Along with updates on the Sustainable Food Court Initiative, Zero Waste Zones, GREASE - Grease Recycling & Energy Alternative Solutions for the Environment, and the POWER website, the meeting included three strong presentations.

Wayne King presenting
Wayne King, U.S. Composting Council Past President, gave an overview of the Viable Markets for Compost.  POWER intends to focus on end markets for the various organics solutions as they are critical to creating economically stable programs.

Dr. Sudhagar Mani of University of Georgia, Biochemical Engineering Program, educated on BioChar:  How an Ancient Practice Works with Modern Technology.  Informative and interesting, Dr. Mani answered the many questions from the participants how biochar makes sense in current business environments.

Daniel Rickenmann
The star of the day, Daniel Rickenmann of W2E Organic Power presented on the Challenges on the Road to a Successful Anaerobic Digestion Permit.  As the holder of one of the first, if not the first, A.D. permits for food intake in the nation, Daniel was open to how he worked with local, state and federal government entities to secure the permit.  Daniel also discussed the economics of how to make an A.D. facility make solid business sense in the South, where there are low tipping fees and energy costs.

Visit the POWER meeting page at this link to view and/or download the meeting PPT presentations along with meeting attendees, agenda and notes.  For more pictures from the POWER meeting, go the Ei Facebook photo album at this link.

Participants @ Reception
At the conclusion of the formal meeting, participants enjoyed a lovely wine reception provided by POWER meeting sponsor Bold American Catering.  Lively conversation continued and the spirits were the perfect end to a phenomenal session.

To learn more about POWER - Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling - visit the Elemental Impact website at this link.

SAVE THE DATE:  October 06, 2011 noon - 6:00 p.m. for the Fall POWER meeting

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