FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Waste Processing
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What are the desirable feedstocks for an Omni Processor?

Desirable feedstocks for the Omni Processor include wastewater (i.e. digested/undigested sewage sludge, biosolids, residential septage), animal by-products (manure and organic waste), pre-sorted municipal solid waste (MSW), biomass solid wastes, and various industrial waste streams (food and beverage processing waste, distillation by-products, industrial septage). Examples of acceptable MSW include paper and plastic products, domestic household waste, and biomass. The OP cannot process metal, glass, batteries and several other toxic chemicals.

For the S200, what are the minimum and maximum daily waste inputs for different kinds of waste?

The Omni Processor S200 requires roughly 10-12 tons of dry waste per day as fuel. At 20% solids, this is 50-60 tons of wet waste per day into our dryer. We offer various sized processors – from 5 to 50 dry tons per day based on application requirements.

Can the S200 serve a population of fewer than the advertised 100,000-200,000 people?

The commercially available S200 is designed to consume the fecal waste or sewage sludge from a population of roughly 100,000 people. However, as long as adequate dry fuel is supplied (approximately 10-12 tons/day) from a secondary source (such as garbage, or other solid waste), the OP can function in a smaller community, providing electricity, and drinking water while consuming fecal and solid waste. If there is not enough wet sludge to make drinking water, then ground water can be processed in the OP and brought to potable water standards.

The economics will be an important factor when deciding if it makes sense to put an S200 in your smaller community. It is also possible to scale the technology down if necessary. Please provide us with more information about your needs so that we can help you determine what the best technology is for you.

Is there a household model?

A household model has not been built yet, however, our engineers are working on developing a similar product: a self-sustaining household toilet that combusts waste as the fuel source. As this technology matures, we will provide more details about this product.

How is the waste fed into the machine?

Depending on the type and moisture content of the waste streams, the preferred method is to combine any wet and dry material first before feeding or pumping into the dryer. If your waste stream is already dry, an auger mechanism would be used to feed the boiler directly.

Can the S200 process wastewater that has a low solids content? What about grey water?

Yes, the OP can process waste with up to 100% moisture content. However, solids concentrations less than 20% may require an auxiliary fuel source to provide the additional energy required to run the plant. Similarly, the S200 can be configured to process or pasteurize grey water with additional equipment. We would be happy to discuss this possibility with you directly.

Can the OP work connected to a western style wastewater or sewage treatment system?

Yes, the OP is capable of integrating with a western style system. This would be the ideal location for this type of application due to the fact that the S200 IS NOT designed to act as a standalone treatment system without additional dewatering and solids separation equipment.

When co-located at a wastewater or sewage treatment plant, the S200 would consume the digested or undigested sludge that is separated during treatment. This provides the treatment plant with huge savings potential from reduced transportation and further treatment costs.

Water Treatment
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How much water is produced as a byproduct?

Assuming water production is a priority, when processing 55 wet tons at 20% solids, the commercially available S200 is capable of producing up to approximately 44,000 liters (~11,500 gallons) of clean, distilled and pathogen-free non-potable water per day as a byproduct. With the addition of our Water Purification Unit, we can take this water to WHO and EPA potable drinking water standards.

How does the water treatment system work?

The water treatment system included with the Omni Processor works by using a distillation process, multi-stage filtering in the vapor phase, condensing, followed by an additional multi-stage filtration process and aeration in the liquid phase. With the addition of the Water Purification Unit, ozone injection, micro- and ultra-filtration, activated carbon and pH correction are used to take the water to WHO and EPA potable drinking water standards.

Does the S200 filter out heavy metals or pharmaceuticals in the water produced?

Yes, because of our water filtration process, all pharmaceuticals and other contaminants are removed. Furthermore, any heavy metals in the sludge are removed during the thermal oxidation process and fall out in the ash.

Electricity
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What is the maximum amount of electricity that can be produced?

The commercially available S200 is capable of producing up to 250 kW of continuous net power. However, we can easily scale the technology up or down depending on your needs.

If I would like to access more electricity and use less water is this possible? What are the numbers?

Yes. We can build plants that only generate electricity and do not make water if desired. The drier the material the greater the electricity generation potential. Please let us know the amount of electricity output you are interested in so we can generate a proposal for you.

Can the OP be set up completely off the electrical grid?

Yes, the OP is designed to operate independently of the electric grid. Note: The use of a diesel or natural gas- fueled electrical generator would be required during plant start-up.

Site Details / Operation
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How does the machine start itself?

During start-up, the processor requires electricity, an auxiliary fuel source (natural gas or propane), and water. The processor becomes self-sustaining within 30 min, at which time the auxiliary fuel source will turn off automatically and the electrical load can be picked up by the plant.

Our processors are designed to operate 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, and shut down only occasionally for periodic servicing or maintenance. Therefore, the consumption of auxiliary fuel and electricity from the grid should be minimal.

What additional civil works would be necessary to support this installation?

At a minimum, a reinforced concrete slab foundation, water drain, and utility connections/conduit are required. Additional requirements specific to your site may be necessary based on your application. We are ready to discuss your specific needs or desires.

Does the OP create any air pollution/emissions? If so, how much?

The Omni Processor is designed, engineered, and operated to ensure the exhaust or flue gas meets all applicable federal, state and local air quality requirements. The combination of a highly controlled thermal oxidation process in our fluidized sand bed and the downstream use of sorbent injection, particulate control via a cyclone and a filter baghouse, and other industry-standard control strategies are used to make this possible.

Does the machine produce much noise?

During normal operation, the processor is no louder than a diesel engine.

Does the machine produce unpleasant odors?

The commercially available S200 is designed to minimize the release of odors. The process is under negative vacuum, thereby pulling air into the process, not forcing odors out. However, some odors may be present from other sources, i.e. the sludge or solid waste that is delivered to or stored on the site.

What is the S200 plant footprint? How much land area is required around the OP?

The commercially available S200 is designed to have a compact footprint. The core of the S200 has an approximate footprint of 24 m x 13 m (312 m^2). The water purification unit, if included, fits in a standard shipping container and will take up an additional area of 12 x 2.5 meters. We also recommend a minimum of 1,200 square meters to allow for trucks and other traffic to access the OP.

Schedule / Timeline
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What is your S200 production timeline?

We are in the final stages of commercializing the Omni Processor technology. We are now taking orders for the S200 and other models based on size and configuration.

What is the average shipping period?

This is based on the final location of your site. All units shipped to overseas locations go via container ship from the Port of Seattle. Please let us know your potential site location and we can quote you an estimate for shipping time and price.

Who installs/assembles the machine, and how long does this take?

Janicki Bioenergy engineers and technicians will be responsible for the assembly and commissioning of your Omni Processor, and will work with local contractors, or customer employees to accomplish this task. The entire process should take approximately 4 – 6 weeks. The customer will be responsible for preparing the site prior to the arrival of the machine. This would consist of minor civil work including pouring a concrete slab, incorporating a drain, and ensuring proper utility supplies are set up. The specific requirements for your site preparation will be provided by Janicki Bioenergy.

What is the predicted lifespan of the machine?

We design and build our processors to last. With proper operation and maintenance, the S200 is estimated to last more than 20 years. For added peace of mind, with our Annual Maintenance Contract, Janicki Bioenergy will be an active partner in supplying hardware and software upgrades, spare parts, technical support, and periodic site visits throughout the contracted period of time.

Technical Support / Services
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Will Janicki Bioenergy provide Operations & Maintenance (O&M) services?

For a nominal monthly fee, Janicki Bioenergy personnel (based in Sedro-Woolley, WA) will provide remote O&M monitoring and support of your Omni Processor, ancillary equipment, and staff during on-shift & off-shift periods. This is possible due to the fact that the OP is fully equipped with cameras and live data feeds that allow our engineers to monitor key components and processes remotely.

What does the Annual Maintenance Contract include and not include?

With our Annual Maintenance Contract, Janicki Bioenergy will be an active partner in supplying hardware and software upgrades, spare parts, technical support, and periodic site visits throughout the contracted period of time.

This cost effective service agreement is a predictable yearly maintenance expense designed to make your annual maintenance budgeting simple and affordable.

The specific terms of the Annual Maintenance Contract can be tailored to your operation.

Does the machine come with a warranty?

Janicki Bioenergy will provide a limited warranty on the Omni Processor and associated components. For more details on the terms of this warranty, please contact us with your inquiry.

In addition, Janicki Bioenergy offers a performance guarantee which starts at the completion of commissioning on site. This guarantee ensures the machine meets the specifications as outlined in your contract.

General Questions
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Will the OP be available for purchase to developed world nations such as the EU and the United States?

Yes, we believe the Omni Processor will provide great environmental, economic, and health benefits all over the world, not just the developing world.

How many jobs can one OP generate?

This will depend on how the OP is used. While only a couple of operators will be required to run the plant, many jobs will be created in the collecting and sorting of the inputs as well as the selling and distributing of the outputs. Additionally, if the OP is used in conjunction with agriculture, it has the opportunity to create hundreds of jobs and generate a large amount of economic activity.

What International Standards does the S200 plant comply with?

The water output meets WHO standards for potable drinking water. The plant meets US EPA standards for emissions, and all of the engineering on the plant is fully compliant with ASME code standards.

Is the OP patented?

Yes, the Janicki OP is a patented process.