Biogas facility planned in Portland

Columbia Biogas LLC plans to build an anaerobic digester facility in Portland to turn food waste into electricity.

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Columbia Biogas LLC plans to turn food waste into electricity at a factory in Portland.

The Portland startup hopes to produce enough electricity to power 5000 homes.

The company would take in food waste from sources such as grocery stores, restaurants and food processors and turn it into baseline power through the use of an oxygen-free process that produces a methane-rich biogas. The process will also result in petroleum-free fertilizers.

“It’s commonly used in Europe where there are thousands of these plants,” said John McKinney, founder and CEO of Columbia Biogas. “It’s a well-known, proven technology.”

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.