How many plants does CleanBay plan to develop and where will they be located?
Our initial plan is to build between three and six plants across the Delmarva Peninsula. Each of these facilities will be able to recycle approximately 90,000 tons of chicken litter annually, addressing more than half of the waste challenge in the region.
Are there any existing CleanBay facilities?
We are currently constructing our first facility in Westover, Maryland. However, our team has been involved in projects across the United States and around the world for decades. Each member of our team brings in-depth knowledge related to their area of expertise. For example, Ostara currently harvests nutrients from wastewater treatment plants and transforms this material into eco-friendly nutrient products. It has been doing so since 2005.
How many trucks are required to supply material to your plants?
Each facility uses 12 trucks per day to provide feedstock for anaerobic digestion. In some cases, these same trucks then carry out the soil amendment and encapsulated nutrient pellets created during our process. Each truck will arrive on site and unload within a partially enclosed area within 15 minutes. This unloading area is equipped to further reduce any odors.
Will the trucks be covered?
Yes. The trucks will be secured with vinyl containment tarps, in accordance with Maryland State Highway Administration requirements.
How loud are the electricity generators?
The power generator units will be located inside enclosed containers. At 33 feet from these containers, the noise will be no more than 65 dBA, which is equivalent to the sound of an air conditioner. We estimate the sound would be well below the noise of car traffic on the highway that runs in front of the facility.
How much water is used in the process and how is it refilled?
There is an initial “one-time” fill of the digestion tanks that occurs over several months. This water is paid for by CleanBay Renewables. The water is fully recycled through the system and each plant will occasionally need a small amount of additional water to top off the system. There is no wastewater discharge from this facility and no material is burned during our process.
How is the gas stored at each site?
There is no dedicated storage because the methane will sit atop the liquid in the tanks. This gas is kept at a pressure similar to what we experience in the air all around us. Our process creates what is described as very wet methane. The natural gas (methane) in the tanks is nearly 30 percent water. We reduce this water content and then pass it through a filtration process to clean it up for use as a bio-gas. At this point, the gas can be offloaded to trucks for delivery as a bio-gas or sent to generator engines to be used in electricity generation.
How are you regulated?
We answer to many local, state and federal regulators. During construction of each facility, we are required to secure permits from the local municipality, the county, the Maryland Public Service Commission, Department of the Environment, Department of Agriculture, State Highway Administration and PJM Interconnection, the regional electricity transmission organization, just to name a few. In addition, each CleanBay facility undergoes a very public development review process that we welcome because we believe our plants are a renewable solution to a serious waste problem on the Peninsula.
What are the local and economic benefits for these facilities?
The plants will generate more than $500,000 in annual property taxes per facility. In addition, we estimate each facility will require between 10 and 15 full-time employees. This does not include the construction jobs that will be provided during startup. We are partnering with several job-training organizations to help further develop workers who can potentially fill these positions.
To support our local farming community, we will offer a soil amendment, the final product of the process, which contains the valuable nutrients typically available in chicken manure, minus phosphorus and pathogens which are removed during our process.