WASTE TO ENERGY: A NEW PROJECT AT KILAUEA COMMUNITY AGRICULTURAL CENTER
NOTE: As we work towards our next annual giving campaign, we're having a look at some of the bigger projects both of the last 6 months, and those lined up for the rest of 2019. Here, a recap of the exciting new Waste to Energy Project at KCAC, starting with a note from our CEO, Yoshito L'Hote.
I met Brett Danson after being introduced to him by a common friend Rick, who shared our concern on how polluted Hanalei bay was and sparked a discussion. Brett was aware of technologies that might solve the problem. When Brett shared his technology with us I became a believer that there is a way to clean our bay and prevent sewer from going to the ocean but also the hopes to provide a comprehensive sewer solution for the town of Kilauea as we are all still on cesspools and septic tanks.
Housing is a big issue in Kilauea but no expansion can happen without solving fundamental infrastructure problems such as Access, water, and septic.
The timing couldn’t be better as we are developing a public restroom on site at KCAC. Here was a way to introduce an innovative solution to handling our waste. This Microbial Electrolytic Cell (MEC) will turn the farm waste and our solid waste into energy! Answering to two challenges with one stone.
About 3 months ago we started meeting on a regular weekly basis, to turn this concept into a reality, our reality in Kīlauea. Below is a draft of the proposal that outlines the inner working of the technology as well as each component and all the people involved with it. We also included a quick outline of our initial needs (seed money) to get these plans engineered and to have a site plan to start working on permitting. If you are interested in supporting this project and helping us make Kauaʻi Green, help us find the seed money.
Our target is the end of June.
It is a great concern to us to ensure a clean environment for our community especially the near shore waters where so many of us enjoy recreational time and feed ourselves.
Our vision is to first have a working model and to create a model for the town of Kīlauea. When the technology is refined and we are successful in using our solid waste to generate energy, we want to work towards cleaning up all the County bathrooms and protect our ocean from pollutants that are making people sick on a daily basis. Maybe one day all the sewer plants will be retrofitted and will be that much closer to 100% energy sustainable.
-- Yoshito L'Hote, CEO, AHK