Ireland energy and waste company expands to U.S.

Harp Renewables has established BioNova America to debut its waterless digester system.

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November 27, 2018
Edited by Theresa Cottom

Harp Renewables, based in Dublin, Ireland, has established BioNova America Inc. in Austin, Texas, to open distribution channels in the North and South American markets for its waterless digester system. The company says the system reduces organic waste mass and volume by 70 percent on average and up to 80 to 90 percent for waste water dissolved air flotation (DAF) sludge. BioNova is the first continuous feed digester that does not use any fresh water and has no gray water discharge to the trade waste sewers, Harp Renewables says.

Food waste collected in bio-degradable (PLA) garbage bags are thrown whole into the system, leaving clean totes ready for the next shift. The BioNova system will also process compostable dinnerware and cutlery from Vegware and other PLA suppliers with the food waste. Most importantly, the company says, the sterile (pathogen free) biomass output is stable and will not rot or smell if rehydrated and can be land applied as an organic fertilizer. BioNova also provides close coupled biomass boilers that use the output to generate heat and hot water.

BioNova manufactures six different on-site machines that will process 400 pounds to six tons per day. BioNova’ s unique enzymes never need replacement, and if the system is unused for two days or two months, the system comes to life again when food waste is inserted.

Harp Renewables has appointed Sonny Burkett as CEO of BioNova USA. Harp Renewables says Burkett was the first to introduce food waste dehydrator systems to North America and has over ten years of experience in developing OE and aftermarket distribution channels in the organics waste recycling industry.

“BioNova is truly unique in providing the most end user-friendly and cost-effective system with an expected life span of 15 years plus based on real-life client use in Europe,” Burkett says.

BioNova offers the systems for sale, rental or long-term lease and plans to build systems in the USA.