UC Davis READ facility breaks ground

By Staff | October 25, 2013

CleanWorld has broken ground on an anaerobic digestion facility at the University of California, Davis. The UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester facility is under construction at the former UC Davis landfill in Davis, Calif. The facility represents the successful commercialization of a technology developed by Ruihong Zhang, a UC Davis researcher and professor.

The biodigester will divert 20,000 tons per year of food waste from dining halls, dormitories and local restaurants, agricultural waste and green waste out of Davis-area landfills. Biogas produced by the biodigester will be combined with gas captured from the landfill, generating 1 megawatt of power.
In addition to electricity, the project will produce more than 4 million gallons of fertilizer and soil amendments. The UC Davis READ facility is expected to be generating power by December.