San Bernardino Waste-to-Energy

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San Bernardino Waste-to-Energy

Location: California | Industry: | Technology: Waste-to-Energy Organic Fertilizer | Role: Owner / Operator


Through unique, innovative technologies and anaerobic digestion, the San Bernardino Waste-to-Energy project converts pre-consumer food waste into renewable resources that not only diminish solid landfill waste, but reduce organizations’ carbon footprint and help achieve increasing sustainability goals.

Recovered resources such as clean industrial water, organic liquid fertilizer, biogas and electricity will aid in meeting stringent California requirements, create nutrient-rich, carbon-based organic good-grade fertilizer and generate renewable power to be delivered to Southern CA Edison power grid via a utility interconnection facility.

Diverted waste results in significant cost savings and reduced tipping fees for haulers, food waste generators and municipalities. BioStar Renewables manages and facilitates all aspects of the process — from collection and pre-processing to digestion and generation — spearheading long-term agreements that make achieving sustainability goals a seamless reality.



Beginning in 2020, the San Bernardino Waste-to-Energy project will divert 93,850 tons of pre-consumer food waste from the Cochella and Lambs Canyon landfills each year. As a result, 85,000 gallons per day or 31,025,000 gallons of food waste per year will create:


21,637,200 kWh of Electricity

Power for 200 homes


849,000 Gallons of SuperSix™ Fertilizer

per year


18,250 Tons of Compostable Fiber

per year


19,876,800 Gallons of Clean Water

Industrial reuse per year


Greenhouse Gas Emission reductions equivalent to:


130,826,303 Miles

Avg. passenger vehicle


5,932,598 Gallons

of gasoline consumed


6,084 Homes'

Energy per year


58,093,513 Pounds

of coal burned


The City of San Bernardino is home to over 217,000 persons while San Bernardino County has a population of approximately 2.2-million people. The amount of food waste generated is significant and has put stress on the traditional methods of disposal such as landfills, composting facilities, and municipal solid waste facilities.

With recent studies indicating that approximately 36-million tons of food waste goes un-utilized and only about 3% of this food waste volume is recovered — the project will prove beneficial in the form of energy, nutrient, and carbon recovery as well as composting. If not, most food will end up in landfills or other disposal methods that provide little to no value to the community.

Developed on a 5.42-acre site, the San Bernardino Waste-to-Energy project goal is to provide a valuable facility for resource recovery, energy production, and financial benefits to the region by utilizing food waste resources as feedstock — producing beneficial products and materials.

The facility accepts pre-consumer food waste and processes the waste to produce several beneficial products and materials — with the development of a food-waste-to-energy digester facility utilizing anaerobic digestion, gas capture and processing, and electricity production from gas-powered generators using the methane-rich biogas.

The facility plans to have two digesters, each with a liquid capacity of approximately 1.8-million gallons and additional space available for the expansion of future digesters, helping to produce approximately 2.6 MW of electrical power using the biogas-powered engines. The exhaust from the engines will be treated to meet strict California air quality standards as well as noise restriction requirements. Heat will be recovered from the engines and recycled to maintain optimum temperatures in the digesters to maximize efficient operational conditions.

Finally, the project will be equipped with a 2.6MW utility grid interconnect. Two (2) 1.3 MW engine generators will be installed and the Project is to be operated to produce enough biogas to fuel the engine generators up to 2.6 MW. The project is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison. The site layout is designed to handle additional feedstocks to further increase volume revenue, while sending excess biogas to heat recovery or to the flare.

While some of the outputs are valuable and have immediate beneficial use, others, such as air emission and effluent to sewer, require additional treatment to meet current air and water standards. The below graphics outline the project’s inputs and outputs.







The following are just a few of the organizations moving towards zero waste by diverting their waste to the anaerobic digester. Contact us if you’d like to become a partner!

Suez Environment

SUEZ is a large international water and wastewater solutions company with extensive experience in many California projects, including those involving anaerobic digestion. The SUEZ team brings the experience of both the local industrial operations as well as international experience with a broad range of anaerobic digestion processes and the proprietary MONSAL technology. CleanWorld has been involved in this project from its inception and was a major reason for OES being awarded the California Energy Commission grant. The blending of these two technology providers is important in assuring that this project receives both the highest level of technical expertise as well as technologies that are well-grounded in decades of anaerobic digestion experience.

Martin Energy Group

The Martin Energy Group is a leading supplier of power generation equipment using standard fuels (diesel, propane, etc.) as well as biofuels such as biogas and versatile dual fuel systems.  Martin has built and installed hundreds of power generation systems across the united states and is known for their quality, integrity, service, and responsiveness. Martin utilizes the best engine components from leading companies such as Cummins, Detroit, Dresser-Rand, Caterpillar, GE Jenbacher, and others.  Martin also can provide equipment for gas scrubbing and conditions, controls and automation, portable systems, fully self-contained engines, noise and air pollution mitigation, and more.

Stellar J

Over the past twenty years, Stellar J has proven its expertise to manage and build large projects. Its staff is made up of industry professionals with many years of experience. Stellar J's resume includes wastewater treatment plants, water treatment plants, pump stations, green energy, pipelines, landfill gas, bridges, marine construction, road construction, landfill construction, park construction and similar projects. Stellar J understands that water and wastewater treatment projects are uniquely complex, consisting of thousands of pieces and specialized equipment customized to each project.

Aqua Engineering

AQUA Engineering, Inc. (AQUA) is a “boutique” civil engineering firm specializing in municipal engineering, water resources, water and wastewater treatment design, and environmental services. The depth of their experience includes a proven track record in municipal water treatment, water distribution, industrial wastewater treatment, facility structure design, sewer collection and pumping, water resource development, mapping and modeling, hydrologic and environmental studies and master plan development. Aqua has been involved in numerous digester projects across the country including agricultural, food waste, and conventional activated sludge digestion projects.  Their knowledge of the digestion process, gas production, energy conversion, and the production of quality and accurate designs has propelled them to be one of the most recognized and respected boutique environmental engineering firms in the country.