Bion’s patented 2nd generation (2G) technology utilizes a combination of mechanical, biological, and thermal processes to provide comprehensive and cost-effective treatment of livestock waste, while recovering valuable assets from the waste stream, including renewable energy, nutrients and clean water. The system greatly reduces the environmental footprint of livestock operations, while providing improved operational and resource efficiencies, animal health and food safety.
Bion’s 2G treatment solutions are proven in commercial operations and have been accepted by EPA, USDA and various state regulatory agencies. Bion’s Kreider Dairy system was granted a full water quality management permit in 2013, and the nutrient credits it produced were verified under a Pennsylvania DEP-approved verification plan. In December 2014, the 2G technology was reviewed and qualified under the USDA Technical Assessment program, the most rigorous of all renewable energy project grant/subsidy review programs overseen by USDA.
Beginning in September 2014, Bion began filing patents on its 3rd generation (3G) technology that is designed to recover substantially more value from the waste stream, while maintaining or enhancing the platform’s treatment capabilities. In September 2015, a second patent was filed; in July 2017 that patent was amended and its protections broadened. Additional patent filings are anticipated. A number of small-scale pilot studies were completed throughout 2016 and 2017. A final small scale pilot is anticipated in late 2017 to determine final efficiencies. A commercial-scale pilot is anticipated in the first half of 2018. To learn more about the 3G platform, please review the following press releases:
Bion 2G systems can remove up to 95% of the nutrients in the effluent, reduce greenhouse gases by 90%, and virtually eliminate ammonia emissions, as well as pathogens in the waste stream. Bion’s 3G system performance will exceed that. The system can be configured in a variety of ways (based on the needs and economics of the location) to separate and aggregate the various components of the waste stream to produce renewable energy and byproducts, such as organic fertilizer products and soil amendments.
Bion can achieve verified nutrient reductions at a fraction of the cost of traditional alternatives, such as point source treatment and storm water projects. Unlike most agricultural or other non-point source reductions, Bion’s can be measured and quantified, just like a point source. Bion’s technology is the only one at this time approved to generate verified nutrient reductions from wet livestock waste – dairy, beef, and swine – that can be used as a qualified offset to EPA nutrient reduction mandates.
Screenshots from Bion’s SCADA system demonstrate the real-time monitoring and control that enables the certification of verified credits.
Nutrients recovered from the waste stream become the basis for by-products, like organic fertilizers and potentially feed products. Cellulosic solids or methane production can be used to produce renewable energy. Water is available for a number of purposes, depending on the level of treatment. Recovering these assets improves overall farm-sustainability and the byproduct revenues help offset both operating and implementation costs.
Bion’s systems substantially reduce air emissions, including ammonia and greenhouse gases. Livestock waste has been identified as one of the largest sources of ammonia in the U.S. As a precursor to PM2.5 (small inhalable particulate matter), ammonia poses a health risk to humans and promotes respiratory distress in livestock that reduces production and increases antibiotic use. Airborne ammonia also transports reactive nitrogen over wide areas where it reenters the ecosystem in a process known as atmospheric deposition. Nitrogen from ammonia has been linked to increasing groundwater contamination from nitrates in several Pennsylvania and Wisconsin counties. Livestock production is widely recognized to be the the source of 15 to 20 percent of greenhouse gases on the planet.
Bion’s 2G platform is protected by seven U.S. patents, and six international patents, with applications pending in the EU, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. There is no other known cost-effective technology that provides Bion’s level of treatment of wet livestock waste.
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