A wholesale distributor was facing a looming problem — as their operations expanded, so did the amount of waste generated as byproducts. With any distribution and wholesale center, organic waste is a normal byproduct of operations and processing facilities. In June 2021, they installed an LFC-1000 biodigester with a built-in bin tipper. On typical work days, the machine digests on average 950 kg (2100 lb) of plant waste per month.
The LFC biodigester eats waste food allowing customer to save money, improve operations, and reduce carbon footprint.
After an extensive evaluation of all alternatives, the Canadian DND settled on Power Knot’s LFC biodigesters to help combat food waste and climate change. With deployment across military bases throughout Canada, the DND now has purchased six different sizes of LFC biodigesters and the SBT bin tipper with installations across the various bases.
Clínica Alemana de Santiago, known as the German Hospital of Santiago, is a private health care facility that first opened in 1918. In 2020, Clinica Alemana saw a dramatic increase in patients due to the pandemic. They reached out to Energía ON for an onsite solution for the increased services and purchased an LFC-500 biodigester.
The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory is the largest radio telescope in the world. With the closest city being 50 km away, the cost of transporting food waste can become astronomical. It was necessary for ALMA’s staff to find a food waste solution that was onsite, easy to maintain, and clean. They purchased an LFC-200 biodigester to avoid dealing with the labor intensive needs of composting and other waste management solutions.
Marco Polo Aged Care Services sought to reduce the strain of menial tasks on their care providers and staff. .After the LFC-100 biodigester was installed in 2016, Marco Polo Aged Care Services has seen a drastic improvement in trash capacity and time efficiency. On average during 2020, the machine digested 100 kg (220 lb) of food waste per day and 35 tonne of food waste that year.
In 2014, Fort Bragg purchased and installed the LFC-200 biodigester to help meet waste management goals for the Army Net Zero Installation Strategy. Fort Bragg was so pleased with the performance of Power Knot’s LFC biodigester that they purchased 14 additional units and the US Army has purchased many more for other military bases.
In 2019, the Golar Freeze was stationed in Jamaica and the vessel owners realized that disposing of waste food was an expensive and cumbersome proposition. The usual method involves storing waste food in a refrigerator and transporting it ashore, typically several times a month. The captain chose to invest in an LFC-50 biodigester from Power Knot that was installed later that year.
When designing and building the new TTI Innovation Center, the TTI sustainability team was already striving to meet goals and vision for ESG. They purchased the LFC biodigester during building construction in 2018 and plan on purchasing another unit towards the end of 2021.
During a Zero Waste audit in 2017, the sustainability team at Bendix found that most of the waste from the Acuña campus resulted from the kitchen and dining services. They sought to find an environmentally friendly solution that made sense for them. In 2018, Bendix purchased and installed three LFC biodigesters for the facilities in Acuña where they have remained in operation since.
Montanya Distillers installed an LFC-50 biodigester in February 2021. In just two months, the machine has digested 1500 lb (680 kg) of citrus and other food waste that comes from the bar, restaurant, and tasting room. They have diverted over 2.8 tonnes of CO2e from the landfill.
Since the installation of two LFC biodigesters, University of Nebraska Lincoln has gone above and beyond their sustainability goals – diverting 44,000 kg (98,000 lb) of food waste from landfills in the first year of deployment.
To embrace a low-carbon future, NOCHI students now have a Power Knot LFC biodigester capable of processing all waste food onsite, and thereby diverting it from the landfill where it would contribute to greenhouse gases.
Comer Homes’ vision for zero organic waste has come alive at Royal Winchester House. The Bracknell project may well serve as a blueprint for other developers in the UK and North America.
Residents at the new Royal Winchester House apartment building will recycle all their waste food onsite, dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of a landmark residential development.
Hertfordshire’s Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub turns food waste into drain-safe wastewater in 24 hours with new biodigester in anticipation of tighter waste regulations.
The LFC-100 biodigester at Runnymede Healthcare Centre decomposes about 110 kg (242 lb) of waste food a day into drain-safe ‘grey water’. “Our food service staff puts food waste into the unit from eight in the morning until 7:45 in the evening. The machine works around the clock.”
“Previously, we collected and wrapped outdated and damaged produce on pallets, stored it in the warehouse refrigerator, and shipped it weekly to a solids composting facility, at significant cost. Our LFC biodigester eliminates these costs and frees up valuable refrigerator space.”
“We are big on teaching values to the children,” said Natalie Barak, director of advancement. “They learn about environmental responsibility, and they see that we are actually doing something about it.”
Supplies organic produce from a 20,000 sq ft warehouse in Long Island City to stores, restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hotels, Ace Natural, a regional distributor of organic produce, switched from solid waste haulers to dispose of organic waste to an LFC biodigester installed on their property.
The JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, FL, has announced its purchase and successful deployment of a Power Knot LFC biodigester to help the hotel become one of the most sustainable hotels in America.
Pedalers Fork, a new restaurant in old town Calabasas California, installed a bio-digester LFC-200 to digest its waste food. Along with other measures implemented by the restaurant, it is one of the greenest restaurants in California.
Big River Fish Corporation has acquired an LFC biodigester from Power Knot LLC to digest waste fish on site and save sending the waste to the landfill.
“This machine has the potential of diverting 26,000 pounds of waste food from the landfill annually,” said Robert Curtis, Environmental, Health, Safety & Security Services Specialist at Fujitsu.
EVERYBODY LOVES WINSTON ["Winston" is the name Chik'n has given to their LFC Bio-Digester in the kitchen]. . . . Winston does what he does because sending food to landfill is just plain wrong, producing methane which is 72 times worse for the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The food we feed to Winston comes out carbon neutral so we are leaving as little footprint on the environment as we can.
It’s the right thing to do. It does not make sense to discard the waste food on a landfill and other restaurant owners should be doing this.
The LFC has helped our operation become cleaner as well as saving the environment. We have had no problems with the machine and we are always pleased that there is no smell from the machine.
So far, 7.4 tons of food waste have been disposed. One of the biggest benefits to the staff is the LFC limits the amount of waste that must be transported out to the dumpster for landfill disposal.
From my desk, I can see how much waste we are adding to the LFC by the hour, day, week, and month. I am driving our organization to zero waste so the weighing capability and remote reporting are important to me.
The environment is Fujitsu’s prime concern, however most of what we do to support the environment has a long term positive impact on our bottom line. We believe the payback on the LFC-70 will be 24 months or less, due to the reduction of trash going to the landfill.
[We] have been able to divert tons of post and prep food to landfills and reduce our waste weight from going to the landfill as well as our cost of waste dumped per event and non-event days.