Quasar breaks ground on eighth Ohio digester

By Anna Simet | May 29, 2013

Quasar energy group officially began construction of an anaerobic digester in Franklin, Ohio, the company reported May 29.

The 810-kilowatt facility, which will take in regional food processing waste and biosolids, marks the eighth project in the state that quasar has provided technology to. The project builds on a continuing collaboration between quasar and PPG Industries Inc., according to the company, as  quasar has managed PPG’s lime lakes reclamation project in Barberton, Ohio, since 2009. There, PPG also operates a specialty chemicals manufacturing site.

Quasar will operate the digester on property leased from PPG adjacent to the reclamation site.

Funding for the project is being provided in part by USDA Rural Development through the Rural Energy for America Program. Like quasar has done with the rest of its systems, the facility is being built using 99 percent U.S. components, 80 percent of which are sourced in Ohio, the company said.

 Construction of the facility is scheduled to be completed in September, marking the third quasar facility to come on line this year. The company has two other projects nearing completion in Wheatfield and Buffalo, N.Y., and additional facilities operating in Cleveland, Columbus, Haviland, North Ridgeville, Wooster and Zanesville, Ohio, as well as Rutland, Mass.  

At several of its Ohio facilities, quasar has installed public renewable compressed natural gas fueling stations.