Bio-energy Recovery Project

Bio-energy Project information

Last updated May 10, 2019 - 8:50 am
  • 60 percent completion drawing
  • THP
  • Greenhouse gas reduction

Project Summary

The Bio-energy Recovery Project is a new way to manage waste byproducts at the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility (NRRRF), which is the City's main wastewater treatment plant. At this time the waste byproducts, called biosolids, are highly treated at the NRRRF and applied to surrounding agriculture fields or taken offsite by a contractor. However, because the existing biosolids handling equipment is in need of replacement, and the overall biosolids amount will increase with future growth, a new system is required.

The new system will use an advanced anaerobic digestion process to treat the biosolids, which will reduce the overall biosolids amount by around 50 percent compared to the current system. The new system will feature a process called a “thermal hydrolysis process (THP)," which acts as a pressure cooker to help reduce the amount of biosolids produced and increases biogas for producing green energy.

The project will start in the spring of 2019, and it is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Additional Benefits: Fuel for up to 50 Buses a Year

Besides the descreased biosolids amount, the project will also create biogas which will be captured and converted to a renewable natural gas (RNG) and delivered to a nearby natural gas pipeline. This RNG can be used as fuel for the City’s Go Raleigh bus fleet or it can be sold to a third party as revenue. The biogas is projected to produce enough fuel to run as many as 50 buses per day. Ultimately, the new project will produce green energy, allowing the City to make great strides in moving towards reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and meeting its sustainability goals.

For more information about this project, contact Erika Bailey or 919-996-3713

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