In Ontario, Canada, an interesting project has just come into operation. ZooShare Biogas Cooperative, formed in partnership with Toronto Zoo, developed a biogas plant designed to process animal manure and food waste to produce renewable energy.
The journey began with Daniel Bida, who previously worked as a financial analyst covering the energy sector. A self-proclaimed nature enthusiast, Bida found himself drawn to renewable energy technologies. In 2009, keen to make a positive impact on the world and tired of his job, Bida began to explore starting his own company to develop green projects in Ontario.
“This was at a time when the Province’s Feed-in-Tariff programme was about a year old and many individuals and companies were motivated the same way,” said Bida.
“Looking to differentiate myself, instead of focusing on solar and wind projects, I got into biogas — mainly because of how it dealt with waste while generating energy and fertiliser.