The Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC), a federally recognized Native American tribe located in northeastern Wisconsin, has announced the opening of its approximately $20 million facility that uses food and beverage processing waste as a fuel source that will ultimately produce up to 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity. That’s enough energy to power about 1,500 homes while also providing waste heat for beneficial reuse, the tribe says.
The plant, known as FCPC Renewable Generation Digester, uses a proprietary anaerobic digestion (AD) process to convert liquid organic waste into biogas. It is located one block west of the tribe’s Menomonee Valley casino in Milwaukee. The feedstock is broken down into microorganisms in one of two 1.3 million gallon digester tanks. This process creates a methane gas that’s burned in an engine that produces renewable electricity. The power will then be sold to Wisconsin-based We Energies. The facility also includes a combined heat power (CHP) plant that can recover heat from the biogas production process to provide hot water and heating.