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Environmental permitting completed for world's first large-scale biosolids gasification plant

In the United States (US), gasification technology providers Aries Clean Energy LLC has recently announced that has received all approvals required to construct New Jersey’s first biosolids-only gasification facility. The plant will bring environmental and sustainable benefits to the area by processing 400 tons of biosolids daily into clean renewable energy and 22 tons of biochar.

An artist’s rendering of the Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility that is planned to be built in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex in Linden, New Jersey (NJ). The project, the world’s largest biosolids only gasification plant, has completed environmental permitting and will reduce 400 tons/day of biosolids into 22 tons/day biochar that will be used as a fly ash substitute in concrete (image courtesy Aries Clean Energy).

The Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility will be located in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex, 20 miles from Manhattan, New York City. Franklin, Tennessee-based Aries Clean Energy LLC (Aries) will deploy its patented fluidized bed gasification system that was designed specifically for processing biosolids. The system will reduce the volume of biosolids from 400 tons per day to 22 tons of biochar.

With these approvals, this marks the first large-scale fluidized bed gasification system to process biosolids in the world. Aries patented gasification system eliminates the need for environmentally harmful landfilling or incineration of biosolids, while producing beneficial renewable energy and biochar, said Gregory Bafalis, CEO of Aries Clean Energy.

According to Aries, the biochar will be beneficially used as a substitute for fly ash in concrete. The renewable energy that is generated from the system is then recovered and used within the system, so no fossil fuels are used during normal operations.

We believe this truly is a beneficial and disruptive technology that will revolutionize the wastewater treatment industry and establish itself as the best available control technology for biosolids disposal. It has been a great experience to team up with the LRSA and the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The awarding of these permits further validates Aries patented technologies will bring clean and renewable solutions not only to the Garden State, but worldwide, Bafalis added.

The plant will also reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) due to the reduction in trucking miles associated with conventional biosolids disposal methods as well as the elimination of methane generated from land application of biosolids.

We are excited to bring this green gasification technology to Linden. It’s more than the addition of jobs to our City, it’s taking a step toward a healthier New Jersey, a healthier Earth. This is not only a first for Linden, but it will be the largest facility of its type in the world, said Mayor Derek Armstead, Mayor of Linden, NJ.

Founded in 1948, LRSA services the City of Linden and the Borough of Roselle. It was established to contract and operate wastewater treatment and interceptor facilities to collect, treat, and dispose of sewage generated by the municipalities.

On behalf of the residents of Linden, we look forward to a long relationship with Aries Clean Energy. Its proven technology will provide a biosolids disposal solution that helps the environment and saves taxpayers money, ended Mayor Armstead.

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