Canada-headed biogas technology provider Anaergia Inc. has announced that it has been selected to supply its unique technologies, engineering, and process design for a new facility that will convert food processing waste into renewable energy at PepsiCo’s Simba Chips plant in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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The new facility will allow this food processing operation to reduce its emissions and manage waste sustainably, reduce operating costs, and enhance resiliency by generating carbon-negative energy to help PepsiCo achieve its net-zero emissions goals.
Anaergia is supplying its proprietary high solids anaerobic digestion (AD) technologies, and partnering with Tecroveer (Pty) Ltd, a South African wastewater engineering company, which is providing project execution and power generation technology.
Construction on the new facility began in January 2023. Once completed, it will convert up to 11 500 tonnes of food scraps, fryer waste, and wastewater sludge into biogas that will power an 800 kWe genset for renewable electricity. It will also provide natural fertilizer for PepsiCo’s agriculture division.
This unique facility will be a landmark reference for Africa, as it diverts waste from landfill disposal, maximizes energy value from both waste and wastewater sludge, and converts digestate into fertilizer.
Anaergia has already sold a similar system to one of PepsiCo’s facilities in Portugal.
These projects at its facilities will help PepsiCo reduce its Scope 1 emissions, manage waste sustainably, reduce operating costs, and enhance resiliency by generating carbon-negative energy to help PepsiCo achieve its net-zero emissions goals.
Leveraging synergies between waste and wastewater from food production maximizes energy generation and avoids methane emissions into the atmosphere, a major cause of climate change. This is achieved when we use the waste to make renewable energy. One of the most hopeful signs in the battle against climate change is the desire of leading multinationals like PepsiCo to voluntarily invest in the optimization and decarbonization of their facilities, and Anaergia is proud to be able to support PepsiCo’s efforts with our unique technologies that maximize the renewable energy produced from the solid and liquid waste said Dr Andrew Benedek, Chairman and CEO of Anaergia.