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October 21, 2015
The colorful cotton candy from your theme park visit is fueling more than just a sugar high. Caterpillar is applying sustainability practices to help deploy a unique waste-to-energy solution in Orlando, Florida, one of the United States’ most popular tourist destinations, turning that leftover cotton candy and other food waste into power.
Harvest Power, a Caterpillar customer serviced by our dealer Ring Power, is using Caterpillar’s biogas generators to turn 120,000 tons of food waste into 5.2 megawatts of power each year – enough to power 2,000 homes annually. Harvest Power collects food waste from Orlando theme parks, hotels and restaurants as well as biosolids from municipal waste, and uses a process of anaerobic digestion to break down the waste into a renewable biogas. The digesters ferment the various forms of waste and produce methane, which is captured and used to power two Caterpillar biogas generators.
This innovative, sustainable solution to power generation was featured on Green Room TV with John Holden, which aired today on the History Channel. Watch the video segment, which is embedded on this page.
Consider some of the sustainability benefits of this unique power generation solution:
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