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Turning Waste into Energy with McMahon

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The nation’s demand for alternative and renewable energy sources is on the rise, and at McMahon we are committed to the continued development of waste-to-energy projects to meet this need. While there are waste-to-energy systems all over the world, many are right here in the Midwest, and we’ve worked to design some of these innovative facilities and systems for producing clean energy, including anaerobic digesters to treat waste generated by the agricultural industry and municipalities.

Anaerobic digesters are becoming an increasingly popular option for dairy farms looking for ways to deal with waste. Digesters work by breaking down organic matter in the absence of oxygen, which creates methane gas. This gas can then be used to generate electricity or heat, providing a waste-to-energy solution that can help to offset some of the costs of running a farm.

Renewable energy systems also offer a number of benefits for municipalities. By harnessing the power of waste products, renewable energy systems can provide a clean and environmentally friendly source of power. In addition, renewable energy systems can help to reduce a municipality’s reliance on fossil fuels. This can lead to significant cost savings, as well as improved air quality and a reduced carbon footprint.

When designing a waste-to-energy system, we work together with our clients to consider several factors that impact the environment.

First, we look at the type of wastewater being treated. Wastewater can come from different sources, including domestic sewage, manufacturing plants, and agricultural operations. The level of pollutants in wastewater will vary depending on its source. For example, wastewater from a manufacturing plant is likely to contain higher levels of pollutants than domestic sewage.

The management of wastewater is an important part of any waste-to-energy facility. Wastewater can contain pollutants that can negatively impact the environment if not properly treated. There are a number of ways to treat wastewater, including physical, chemical, and biological methods. Each treatment method has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to select the right one for the particular facility.

Finally, we consider all regulations related to the discharge receiving environment. If the receiving environment has strict discharge requirements, the system will need to be designed to meet those requirements. McMahon works closely with municipalities and other governing bodies to ensure all standards are met or exceeded so that there is only a positive impact on the surrounding environment.

We’re proud to help clients design a system that both helps them reach their goals while making a positive impact on the environment. Our services include:

  • Renewable energy facilities planning & design
  • Municipal & industrial anaerobic digestion
  • Nutrient recovery
  • Waste assessments
  • Feasibility studies
  • Full-service design & construction services
  • Troubleshooting & bench testing

Learn more by contacting our team today.


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