Over the last two plus decades ECS has provided pro forma design services to many clients. This includes process technology evaluation for a broad range of proposed composting facilities. This range has encompassed tip rates from 1 to 1,000 tons per day, locations from desert to rainforest to the high mountains, and every type of feedstocks. Our clients have included small and large municipalities, publicly held waste haulers, farmers, and large and small merchant facilities.
The ECS pro forma design process has been developed to help the client arrive at a best value solution. This process involves an in-depth exploration of the facts, a targeted technical evaluation, and a realistic business analysis. The outcomes of this process vary as widely as the compost facilities themselves.
The insights and tools ECS uses provide a wide range options available to today’s compost facility developers. The pro forma design process helps determine the definition of an appropriate technology while considering budget, feedstock characteristics, location, operational cost basis, and product market requirements. We introduce the client to in-vessel and ASP compost systems along with their many many options including: aeration systems (reversing and single direction), control systems (automated and web-based), odor control systems and sources of odor, site configurations (mass bed, discrete piles, bunker walls, in-vessel) along with pros and cons of each. It also includes feedstock quantification, volume calculations, compost process time (primary, secondary, curing), costs of different technology types, odor & leachate considerations, and cost/ton pro forma development.
The analysis greatly assists those that are new to the compost industry that are trying to determine if their unique application or opportunity has the solid foundation for a sound business; and, those currently in the compost industry that are trying to determine if a new process technology is appropriate (upgrading from windrow to in-vessel or ASP) and if so what type is appropriate.