Agrilab Technologies Expands Compost Powered Energy
VT company launches mobile compost heat recovery system, lease financing
Enosburg Falls, VT October 21, 2013: Agrilab Technologies LLC, (AGT) a global leader in compost heat-recovery technology, announced today the launch of a containerized compost heat recovery system that empowers compost producers and farmers to create high value compost while capturing large amounts of predictable combustion-free heat. AGT installed its first compost heat recovery system in Vermont in 2005 at Diamond Hill Custom Heifers in Sheldon, Vermont, with more recent system at Jasper Hill Creamery and at the University of New Hampshire.
The new mobile version of AGT’s compost heat recovery system can produce up to 200,000 Btu/hr continuously depending on the amount of compost in production, by pulling heat out of compost. This energy is worth up to $50,000 per year at current fossil fuel costs. The technology works by pulling air down and through the compost, actively aerating the material and eliminating the need for tumbling or turning to keep the compost process going. The hot vapor that is pulled out of the compost is run through a patented Isobar heat exchanger generating reliable amounts of hot water for space heating and washing.
The Containerized Isobar® Unit, (CIU) comes with a bank financed lease-to-own option that enables customers to have positive cash flow in the first year with minimal up-front investment required.
“We are excited to bring innovations of combustion-free compost-powered energy to Vermont and the rest of the world,” said Brian Jerose, owner of AGT. “We’ve proven that compost heat recovery can be a cost effective and reliable form of renewable energy that also supports sustainable agriculture by producing high value compost.”
AGT has expanded its staff and hired two leaders from Vermont-based CompostPower.org, an open source research network that has pioneered various methods of compost heat recovery since 2009. Jason McCune-Sanders is now AGT’s lead engineer, and is also involved with a three-year compost heat research project at UVM. Gaelan Brown, Founder of CompostPower.org, former VP of Marketing for Vt-based groSolar and former Marketing Director of 1% for the Planet, is now the VP of Sales and Marketing for AGT.
About Agrilab – Agrilab Technologies, LLC offers innovative approaches for converting biomass waste into valuable soil inputs while recovering predictable amounts of combustion-free thermal energy. The patented Isobar® heat exchange system reduces reliance on fossil fuels and supports sustainable and energy efficient approaches to compost production while minimizing off-site odors and run-off. Isobar® is a registered trademark of Acrolab LTD of Windsor, Ontario. www.agrilabtech.com.