BioMicronizer™: Size reduction for faster waste treatment
All living organisms need to eat, regardless of size or species. As humans, for example, we first chew our food into smaller pieces, then rely on the acidic conditions of our stomach and a variety of enzymes our body excretes to help break down pieces of food into components we can absorb through our intestines. The amount of nutrition we receive from our food and how much of it remains undigested is closely related to how well it gets broken down, and the same goes for almost every organism.
Our treatment systems rely on the appetite of unique communities of microorganisms to consume the organic material in wastewaters. These tiny organisms are 1-5 microns in diameter and don’t have the means to mechanically break down the wastes we want them to consume. To put this in perspective, a fine grain of sand is about 50-200 microns in diameter and as you can imagine, organic wastes can be as small as a single corn kernel or as big as a whole rotten watermelon. By mechanically breaking waste into tiny pieces, a process we call micronization, we can accelerate the time required for biological waste treatment and ensure very little if any organic material remains undigested.
A BioMicronizer pump designed for 40 GPM of manure. The nozzle is not visible from this angle; it is stainless steel and measures about 1′ long x 6′ in diameter
For food waste generating facilities, the BioMicronizer™ is available as a stand alone workstation, which can be conveniently placed indoors, or is integrated into the outdoor containerized system (typically a 20′ or 40′ container).
Stand-alone unit: The BioMicronizer™ is available as a stand-alone unit that can be placed indoors at a location convenient for regular waste loading.
- This makes waste loading safe, quick, and easy compared to taking waste outside to a dumpster.
- Micronized material can then be pumped outside to our BioEliminator™ treatment system, or optionally to a holding tank for transportation to a nearby commercial digester. In this configuration, the BioMicronizer™ can be set up to be loaded by hand on a regular basis or connected to existing waste handling systems, such as pulpers, and run automatically.
- A stand-alone BioMicronizer™ is also available for operators of larger waste treatment systems, such as commercial digesters, that are already in operation but want to enhance the conversion of organic matter to biogas. In many installations, an optional scale or flow meter is available that can capture weight and flow data and log it for remote access.
Integrated unit: The BioMicronizer™ is also available as an integrated component of a fully containerized BioEliminator™ treatment system, where it can accept manually loaded waste or automatically loaded waste (as may be suitable with existing pulpers). This configuration is common when indoor space for loading is limited.
The BioMicronizer™ is available in several sizes to suit the amount of waste you’re expecting to process. The throughput of waste affects the size of the motors we select, which are typically between 2 and 20 hp (3-phase). The unit requires a small flow of water to grind the waste, but in many installations we prefer to use the treated grey water from our BioEliminator™ system instead of freshwater.
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