Made of stainless steel, the LFC-70 biodigester stands 108 cm (31/2 ft) tall and operates quietly and odor-free 24/7. Users open a lid to add food into the unit's internal U-shaped vessel which is equipped with a horizontally-oriented agitator that rotates slowly. Porous plastic Powerchips™ that remain in the vessel at all times contain and distribute Powerzyme™ self-replenishing microbes and enzymes which accelerate the decomposition process, together with automatic infusions of hot and cold water and oxygen.
The biodigester decomposes food aerobically (with oxygen), producing only water, CO2, and heat to 42º C (108º F), further speeding decomposition. The CO2 generated is part of the natural cycle of carbon generation from plants, making the process carbon neutral. Food waste, which can be added to the continuous process at any time, is fully digested within 24 hours, and gravity-discharged into the drain as harmless grey water.
Using the unit's touch screen, Tafelli can access information on drum temperature, door openings, water volume, water temperature, CO2 emissions avoided, service reminders, and weight of the food waste digested by hour, day, week, month and year. The data is available on any smart device, laptop, or computer via the cloud.
Tafelli adds, "I get reports daily, and they're all good. During the first four months since we installed it, we've disposed of 5,151 kg (11,356 lb) of waste in the LFC. In terms of our carbon footprint, we've saved the equivalent of 21.6 tonnes (23.8 T) of CO2 emissions.
"Moreover, think about how many lorries are no longer driving through our neighborhood to our pub. We're in an old part of the city where there's little room for bin lorries, and we've stopped receiving two or three lorries a week. It's great being able to manage our own waste disposal, rather than having to rely on someone else."
For more information, contact Power Knot LLC, +1 408-889-8433, [email protected]