ITility Renewable Energy and
ITility Renewable Energy and Agriculture (IREA) is an ITility owned company created to address emerging needs for sustainable, resilient energy solutions worldwide providing:
- Renewable Energy Systems
- Energy Resilience & Installation Sustainability
- Waste Management & Mitigation
RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) System: IREA provides optimized AD systems that make it possible to extract energy from organic waste. Two outputs from this process are a nutrient-rich digestate, usable as fertilizer, and methane-rich gas, commonly known as biogas, which can be converted into electricity with a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine. IREA engineers and research scientists are currently advancing and conducting Research & Development (R&D) activities at the IREA Farm Center in Washington, VA for our Modular Anaerobic Digester System. The system utilizes IREA's proprietary AD design to co-digest both animal waste and food waste through a system that is easily scaled to manage all volumes of localized waste streams at the point they are generated.
Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems (HRES): ITility Renewable Energy and Agriculture solutions include the design, manufacturing, and fielding of HRES technologies. Our engineering capabilities include the integration of multiple renewable energy solutions (biomass, solar, wind, hydrogen energy storage, and hydroelectric pump storage) into a single system or suite of systems, to utilize all available resources and maximize sustainability.
AD System Performance: IREA provides optimized AD systems that makes it possible to extract energy from organic waste. Two outputs from this process are a nutrient-rich digestate, usable as fertilizer, and methane rich gas, commonly known as biogas which can be converted into electricity with a Combined Heat Engine (CHP).
ENERGY RESILIENCE & INSTALLATION SUSTAINABILITY
ITility Renewable Energy and Agriculture provides full scope solutions that promote available, reliable, and quality power to continuously accomplish DoD missions while simultaneously improving quality of civilian life. IREA supports the modernization of DoD and civilian infrastructure and operations to increase energy resilience, utility conservation, enhance demand reduction, and decrease environmental pollutants. Our energy resilience technologies include integrated, distributed, and renewable energy sources, while the systems are capable of on-site energy production and storage.
IREA has secured a competitively awarded grant by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) in support of their FY2019 Animal Waste to Energy (AWE) program. We are currently engineering an innovative Anaerobic Digestion (AD) system to generate energy from chicken manure, while reducing the environmental impacts on Maryland’s valuable natural resources. This project will reduce the amount of phosphorous, found in chicken waste, from leaching into the Chesapeake Bay. Our solution is a small format AD system that resides on the farm where the waste is being generated. The waste produces biogas, which is then used to generate electricity. During this process, much of the phosphorous is also removed from the chicken manure, resulting in a significantly reduced phosphorous content fertilizer applied to the fields. Additionally, our products contribute to a feasible business case for the host site and their community. The outputs of biogas and nutrient rich fertilizer, produced by our system, are utilized by the host site to offset energy use from the grid, and reduce fertilizer purchases. IREA’s system is cost effective, produces electricity at the point of waste generation, reduces the nutrient loading of the Chesapeake Bay, and forms a viable business case for the farm community. Our solution will result in generating renewable energy and protecting Maryland’s treasured ecosystem.
WASTE MANAGEMENT & MITIGATION
The Problem: It is estimated that 40% of food is lost or wasted across the food system lifecycle - from the farm, to the retailer/restaurant, to the consumer. Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent findings, a projected 137.7 million tons of municipal solid waste ends up in landfills each year. Within the US, food waste has a landfill rate of about 76%. As a result food waste has a higher landfill rate than any other municipal solid waste. This very same waste, nearly 60 million tons of it, could be diverted from landfills and used as a feedstock with our technology.
What We’re Doing About It: IREA did not discover AD, but we are advancing the state of the art of the technology. We are improving feedstock digestion by experimenting with a diverse range of co-digestion feedstocks. In addition, we are developing innovative pretreatment operations and creating environments within the digester to target microbial inoculation. These advancements in AD technology elicit an upgraded biogas output leading to increased energy production.