Aries Clean Energy receives approval for New Jersey’s first biosolids-only gasification facility

Published on July 22, 2019 by Dave Kovaleski

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Aries Clean Energy received the green light last week to build New Jersey’s first biosolids-only gasification facility.

The Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility will process 400 tons of biosolids daily into renewable energy. It will be located at the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex in the town of Linden, N.J., which is 20 miles from Manhattan.

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

Aries uses a patented fluidized bed gasification system to process biosolids. The system will reduce the volume of biosolids from 400 tons per day to 22 tons of biochar, which will then be used as a substitute for fly ash in concrete. The energy that is generated from the system is then recovered and used within the system, so no fossil fuels are used.

“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.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said this would be the largest facility of its kind in the world.

“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,” Armstead said.