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Aries’ New Jersey biosolids gasification plant complete

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Aries Clean Technologies has achieved the mechanical completion of the Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Plant in New Jersey.

This fluidised bed gasification plant in Linden is currently the largest facility of its type in the world. Commissioning is currently underway and is expected to be completed in the next few months.

At full capacity, the facility will process 430 tons of biosolids daily (130,000 tons per year), diverted from local landfills. The plant will also produce approximately 22 tons per day of beneficial Bio-Fly-Ash™, a renewable product that will be sold as an additive to local concrete companies.

The plant is located in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority complex.

“A special congratulations to Renus Kelfkens, Aries executive vice-president – engineering, and all the Aries Clean Technologies team on this major milestone,” said Gregory Bafalis, CEO of Aries.

“These teams have worked thousands of hours and delivered all fabrication and installation within two years from groundbreaking. I have no doubt this technology will become a new standard for the safe conversion of biosolids into beneficial use products.

“Currently 90% of the domestic Class A biosolids market is disposed of through ineffective conventional means such as landfilling, land application, or incineration. The fluidised bed technology can safely and efficiently stop this now and generate clean energy and Bio-Fly-Ash.”

Derek Armstead, Mayor of Linden, commented: “We’ve looked forward to celebrating this historic date that brings new technology and progress towards a cleaner environment to Linden and the Garden State.

“The Aries Build-Own-Operate model provides no financial risk to the LRSA or to the City of Linden but brings with it new, high-paying green jobs in the cleantech industry for the people of Linden. I’m so pleased that 16 new, permanent positions will bring this plant to life. We look forward to a long partnership with the Aries Linden team.”

LRSA, created in 1948, services the City of Linden and the Borough of Roselle. It was established to contract and operate wastewater treatment and interceptor facilities to collect, treat and dispose of sewage generated by the municipalities.

In addition to being the lowest cost option for biosolids disposal in the area, the plant will serve the largest metropolitan area in the US – New York, including New York City, Long Island, and the Mid and Lower Hudson Valley in the state of New York and five of the largest cities in New Jersey: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Edison, and their vicinities.