BIOFERM ENERGY SYSTEMS
“OUR CHALLENGE IS TO CONVINCE MORE PEOPLE TO SEE THE BENEFIT AND VALUE CHAIN IN THE SOLUTIONS.”
NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST INDUSTRIAL-SCALE DRY FERMENTATION DIGESTER (BIOFERM™ DRY FERMENTATION) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH.
SUSTAINABLE PRINCIPLES BIOFerm™ has invested a great deal of technical effort into ensuring their facility is safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly. “Everyone focuses on plant safety, but we also look into how a worker flows around the facility,” says Mr. Afghan. “Lots of parts go into making sure the workers have the necessary environment to run the plant safely. Everything we do is electronically 20 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
controlled, so there’s an app which gives employees notifications of any faults. We also don’t have any red flags where people would be at any kind of risk; our machinery automatically shuts down when it reaches an orange flag level.” Then there are the investments in the environment, which go beyond compliance. “We’re a green energy plant, so we always go above and beyond any code requirements,” says Mr. Afghan. “We
work very hard to make sure our plant has a positive impact on its surroundings, whether it’s dust control, water drainage, or planting new plants in the ground. The technology itself has an extraordinarily low carbon footprint, which helps.” EDUCATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS In 2012, the Viessmann Group made a donation to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation in support of the
Published on Oct 28, 2016