UC Davis biodigester hungers for food scraps
Rep. John Garamendi, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, CleanWorld CEO Michele Wong, UCD engineering professor Ruihong Zhang and others shovel food scraps into the biodigester in a symbolic opening ceremony Tuesday morning. The digester is currently running at 20 percent capacity. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
A smelly pile of rotting fruits and veggies welcomed Earth Day to UC Davis.
West of campus, between Interstate 80 and the California National Primate Research Center, the four stocky white cylinders of the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester hunger for leftovers, ready to munch through 50 tons of them daily.
Combining food waste, agriculture byproducts and food processing scraps, the digester will turn about 18,250 tons of organic trash into electricity and fertilizer each year. That’s all of UCD’s organic waste plus more than 7,000 tons trucked in from local businesses. Continue Reading