In vessel composting, aerobic and anaerobic, has been a promising waste management technology for sometime. Landfill closed cell composting is one variant, tried here locally in Yolo County. Stand-alone vessels have seen varied success--mixing, batching and processing seem to prevalent obstacles. Here's a news release of a promising commercial scale launch in Australia:
"AnaeCo (ASX:ANQ) is pleased to announce the official opening of Stage 1 of the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) project, which took place on Friday 28 November, 2008.
"The opening was conducted by Mr Bill Marmion, MLA for Nedlands, and was attended by WMRC, AnaeCo, Palisade Regional Infrastructure Fund, and interested parties from the waste management sector throughout Australia. WMRC Stage 1 comprises a single DiCOM bioconversion vessel and a material recovery (sorting) facility. AnaeCo is currently commissioning the facility, preparing it for performance trials, prior to proceeding to Stage 2 which will involve an expansion of the material recovery facility and the construction of two
additional bioconversion vessels.
"Tom Rudas, Managing Director of AnaeCo said “After years of development we are very proud and excited to have reached this milestone which as far as we are aware is a world first. The patented DiCOM System is a unique hybrid aerobic / anaerobic process which combines these two biological phases inside a single closed vessel. WMRC Stage 1 is the full scale application of the technology which has been tried and tested at pilot scale and as such represents
a breakthrough in urban waste management.”
Here's wishing them success.