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Sebago Farms Plans Massive Greenhouse, Algae Biofuels Facility

January 17, 2012

Lori Valigra, in Mass High tech, reports that Maine-based Sebago Farms plans to build a 1.7 million square foot mixed-use facility that will house hydroponic greenhouses, a fish farm, and an algae-based biofuels research area and employ up to 170 people.
The ambitious project is the first venture of WNWN LLC (which stands for Win Win or Waste Not Want Not), owned by Arundel, Maine, businessman and retired school teacher John der Kinderen.

Der Kinderen also is a principal in project planning and management at BioSynEnergy LLC, a Doylestown, Penn.-based company that describes itself as a team of worldwide, multi-disciplinary experts focused on refining waste streams into green revenue and jobs.
“This will have wide-ranging positive impacts on the town,” said Tom Bartell, director of economic development in Windham, Maine, the proposed project site.

“But it will have a low impact on the environment and the aquifer because the nature of the project is self-contained and it recycles.” He added that the project is a shot in the arm for the business park where it is to be located, and it could bring in other businesses, as well as open up 170 new jobs ranging from unskilled to semi-skilled to highly technical.

The aim is to build three greenhouses in phases that will include a demonstration greenhouse with algae for food and fuel. The goal is to have a local source for food and a development that offers high-tech jobs, he said. The site also aims to be environmentally friendly and to produce as little waste as possible.

“BioSynEnergy has technologies, energy platforms, greenhouses and fish configurations,” Bartell said. “They are an umbrella company that will sponsor similar projects to this throughout the United States.” Bartell added that HydroNov Inc. and Harnois Industries Inc., both of Canada, are to be involved in providing the greenhouses.

The facility will generate its own power and process its own waste products. The energy will be generated by specialized genset machines that extract the maximum possible energy from the natural gas source. Der Kinderen estimated that the site will be able to extract 94 percent of the energy, consisting of both electricity and heat. It will be used throughout the greenhouses for lighting, pumping, processing and temperature control.

Plans call for the engine exhaust to be scrubbed clean and used inside the greenhouses for carbon dioxide fertilization of the vegetables.
The wastes from processing the fish and plants will be routed to a bioreactor that will reduce them to liquid form and, via biological digestion, transform them into methane gas and high-quality liquid fertilizer. The methane gas will be an additional energy source, and the fertilizer can be used in the greenhouses.

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