August 30, 2021

How Microorganisms work in Biodigesters

When food waste enters the LFC biodigester, it seemingly disappears in just a few hours. This seemingly magical process is actually the work of billions of tiny little microbes in a special mix called Powerzyme. As they feast on the food waste, grey water is created as a by-product. This grey water can be safely discharged into the sewage system, creating a circular environmental economy. But what is Powerzyme and how does it work?

We dive into what makes Powerzyme so unique and the science behind it.

What is in Powerzyme?

Powerzyme is made up of naturally occurring, non-pathogenic microorganisms that are harmless to the environment and animal life. It is an amazing mix of bacteria, fungi, and enzymes. The blend is supplied as a liquid which aids in its effectiveness.

How is it made?

Creating the perfect blend of microorganisms requires a sterile environment, technical knowledge, and quality control. Power Knot’s Powerzyme consists of five different microbes living harmoniously together. 

Each batch of Powerzyme must pass stringent quality control tests, including tests for the presence of salmonella, shigella, and coliform bacteria. 

Power Knot works with a laboratory to create this unique, proprietary mix of microorganisms, ensuring safety and effectiveness.

Powerzymes are housed in Powerchips (featured above).

How effective is it?

Powerzyme is capable of: rapidly digesting grease and fat, reducing key waste water parameters monitored by regulatory agencies such as BOD, COD, FOG, and TSS, and degrading a wide range of complex chemicals. It can digest anything that a human stomach can, and more!

In addition to digesting things such as banana and citrus peels, Powerzymes can help eliminate unpleasant odors and reduce hydrogen sulfide.

Is this safe to use?

Powerzyme is absolutely safe to handle and easy to use. All organisms in Powerzyme are naturally occurring and are all listed on the EPA’s TSCA list. None is genetically engineered or pathogenic for animals, plants, or humans. No incidence of adverse health effects relating to the use of Powerzyme microbes, or its by-products, has ever been reported. The microorganisms pose no danger to skin, clothing, or equipment.

If spilled, the Powerzyme microbes are easily wiped up and washed off with soap and water. Powerzyme poses no danger to piping, tanks, or other equipment employed in wastewater treatment plants.

The end result

Because of the special blend of microorganisms, and because of the construction of the LFC biodigesters, the Powerzyme needs supplementing only once a year. Also, no odors are generated as the waste is digested. With competitive machines, the microorganisms are supplemented weekly or monthly and some manufacturers need to add a deodorizer solution to minimise smells.

By using Powerzyme with an LFC biodigester, you get the assurance of the highest quality food waste solution. Contact Power Knot to learn more.

Manufacturing facilities typically offer full kitchen services for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and third shift meals. From the type and amount of food waste generated, businesses can understand what dishes are most popular and least popular. The kitchen manager can make data-informed decisions on how much inventory to stock, what dishes to cook for the week, and how many servings to offer. A staggering 40% of food produced in the USA ends up in the landfill. If businesses can reduce that amount, it can make a large impact on the environment, waste management, labor, and costs.

Food waste plays a small, but significant role in daily operations of a manufacturing site and facility. Contrary to popular belief, there is no single waste disposal solution that fits all facilities. However, food waste digesters have the added benefit of fitting onsite into most kitchens and connecting directly to drainage systems for simple, easy waste management.

To learn if the LFC biodigester is the right waste management solution for your manufacturing facility, contact Power Knot today.

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