Anaerobic Digestion

The CCEP worked closely with a commercial food processing plant in Worcester and a Massachusetts-based urban anaerobic digestion company to conduct a feasibility study for an anaerobic digestion unit in Worcester. This anaerobic digester would not only reduce waste in the Worcester area and treat wastewater, but would also generate a consistent supply of electricity, heat and fertilizer.

Surplus electricity would help reduce the electricity burden of a local organization that serves Worcester’s most vulnerable populations. The process of allocating extra electricity to others is known as virtual net metering.

Anaerobic digestion is crucial to meeting Massachusetts’ waste reduction and renewable energy goals.

To learn more about the process of anaerobic digestion, see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Anaerobic Digestion Guide.