Advanced Composting Technologies – Mortality Composting System
Custom Composting Solutions
About the Company:
Advanced Composting Technologies (ACT)’s Forced-Air, Closed Loop composting systems deliver robust, high-volume systems that have many cost, operational, and environmental benefits. They deliver affordable composting solutions, which are customized for each market or installation.
ACT brings applications expertise from several significant applications for industrial composting where they have multiple installations that showcase their robust, high-performance systems. These include animal mortality applications for: Swine Growers, Poultry Growers, Fish Farms, and Highway Roadkill applications. They also have applications experience in Food Service Waste Management, and “General Organic” matter applications for private enterprise and institutions. Along with their capabilities in composting, they bring application insight into these markets that help them size and configure installations that are cost effective, yet capable of handling the unexpected circumstances that daily business process often requires.
ACT also allows customer to decide how much they want ACT to manage at their installation. Many customers opt for our fully custom, turnkey installations. Under this format, ACT engineers, architects, designs, builds, permits, constructs, trains, and get the ACT Composting System 100% ready for daily operation by the customers personnel.
About the Solution:
Composting an environmentally sound method for disposing of animal mortalities, food waste, manure, agricultural waste, and other organic wastes. Traditional static pile composting – which has served agriculture well for many years – does not produce high enough temperatures for long enough periods of time to compete with our proprietary forced air method. For industrial applications, static pile composting is just too slow to process the amount of waste needing to be processed. The Advanced Composting Technologies Forced Air Composting Systems were designed to “turbo-charge” the natural composting process via several technical and scientific advancements that create a robust, high performance waste management solution that is environmentally sound and easy to operate.
The Advanced Composting system uses forced air and an air distribution to facilitate the timely replenishment of oxygen throughout the mixture for maximum composting efficiency. The ambient air is forced up through the mixture and the amount of air is carefully calibrated to provide just the right amount needed to purge the carbon dioxide and replace it with fresh air, which contains about 18% oxygen.
ACT’s proprietary system of forced aeration provides exactly the right amount of air needed, which speeds up the process and makes turning the compost mixture a thing of the past. The right amount of moisture is also critical to the composting process. Capturing and controlling excess moisture, or leachate, is very important. ACT’s system of closed loop leachate control ensures that moisture is collected, controlled, and circulated back into the composting material. This not only helps the composting process, it also greatly reduces the mess and virtually eliminates the odor typically associated with composting systems that have been used in the past. ACT’s proprietary composting facility offers a turn-key and easy to use system that ensures optimum conditions in the compost pile at all times.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
- Requires manure fiber moisture content <80%
- Volume reduction of 30 to 50% typical
- Produces a stable, odor free product with market value
- Requires significant space and time to create highest product value
- Different technologies and approaches result in a wide range of compost characteristics
Advanced Composting Technologies has recently been added to the Newtrient catalog. Newtrient will continue to work with Advanced Composting Technologies to further refine the cost and performance information on their solution. Newtrient will update this entry as more information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come online.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY