Andrew Benedek, CEO
“I dream of a world where we humans find ways to stop depleting and start healing,” says Andrew Benedek, CEO of Anaergia. To realize his dream, Benedek brought in an innovative approach where trash becomes a resource, and landfills are obsolete. As everything that is bought today ends up in a landfill and is lost to society forever, it is high time we invent ways to breakdown trash in a green manner.
Anaergia, with its breakthrough technologies, converts any waste into useful resources, thereby realizing a world where garbage is a resource and saving oceans become possible while solving the world waste crisis. Breaking barriers to sustainability, Anaergia’s integrated technologies can process any waste that includes garbage, food waste, wastewater, crop waste, manure, energy crops into renewable energy like electricity and fuel, clean water, and quality fertilizer. Moreover, Anaergia reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of waste management.
The innovative portfolio of Anaergia’s proven technologies and project delivery methods, along with unique synergies that connect resource recovery in the solid waste, municipal wastewater, and agri-food sectors serve as a complete solution for the extraction of value from waste. Anaergia’s solutions for wastewater treatment include Omnivore and Fibreplate. The wastewater treatment solutions use proprietary technologies to dewater, dry, and pelletize sludge, thereby reducing volumes of biosolids and increasing diversion from landfills to ultimately yield high quality, marketable fertilizer. Omnivore uses high solids anaerobic digestion technology to triple the digestion capacity of digesters and reduce CAPEX and OPEX.
I dream of a world where we humans find ways to stop depleting and start healing
Omnivore digesters can co-digest external organic waste streams for additional energy and revenue generation. On the other hand, FibrePlate is a hybrid membrane that integrates the benefits of hollow and flat plate membrane technologies. Fibreplate Hybrid Membrane BioReactor technology manufactured by its sister company Fibracast allows efficient and affordable reuse of wastewater with effective aerobic treatment.
For solid waste, Anaergia follows an approach of maximizing the recycling of plastics, paper, and metals. It executes the process of initially converting biodegradable material into energy and fertilizer, transforming the leftover non-degradable waste into sustainable fuel. In this context, Anaergia’s Organics Extrusion Press efficiently extracts organics from various waste sources regardless of contamination levels. Further, CleanREX, a dynamic cyclone, removes most physical contaminants from the organic feedstock for improved digester performance and production of clean digestate. Anaergia’s technologies for agri-food sector like Triton, Helios, AMR, and FibrePlate assist large agricultural operations and commercial food producers in organic waste management and regulatory compliance to produce energy, heat, fuel, fertilizer finally, and clean water.
Anaergia acts as a life cycle partner with expansive delivery options to best suit project needs, from the sale of capital equipment and services to design‐build‐own‐operate approaches, ensuring operational safety. The team of Anaergia comprises world-class engineers and scientists and possesses in-house expertise in equipment design, process engineering, manufacturing, project integration, project financing, and project execution.
Anaergia has delivered over 1,600 resource recovery plants in over four continents in the last 25+ years. Recently, Anaergia and Fibracast together announced their selection for the construction of the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) in the East Valley Water District of California. Focussed on becoming a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility, SNRC will utilize technologically advanced solutions, FibrePlate membranes, and Omnivore Anaerobic Digestion system to recover value from waste streams. “We are very happy to be working with the East Valley Water District to create a resource recovery community asset that will embody both social and resource sustainability,” states Benedek.
Envisioning to build a zero-waste future, Anaergia is rigorously working on its innovation and execution capabilities to reduce the percentage of leftover going back to the landfills down to zero.