New York company plans bacteria-based power plant for former Brunswick Navy base

Posted Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:11 p.m.
The former site of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
The former site of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A New York company plans to build a bacteria-based power generation facility at Brunswick Landing.

Village Green Ventures hopes to file permit applications for the project by the end of the month and will hold a public meeting about it Wednesday evening.

Planned for 2 acres of property on the former Navy base, the project would use bacteria to break down septic and waste material through anaerobic digestion. When bacteria break down waste material, the resulting methane gas could be captured and used to power heating and electrical equipment for other Brunswick Landing tenants.

Wednesday’s public forum is part of the state Department of Environmental Protection permitting process, said Dave Weyburn, founder of the company behind the prospective facility.

“We plan on filing environmental permit applications and for site plan review with the town in late February,” Weyburn said Monday. “There’s a specific timeline we have to follow.”

Wright-Pierce Environmental Engineering in Topsham and Quasar Energy Group in Cleveland, Ohio, are working on the project with Weyburn. Wright Pierce will do site work; Quasar will design the process.

Located on a 2-acre parcel adjacent to the southern end of the tarmac, the site likely would feature a small control and systems monitoring building, with other holding tanks, piping, filtration and lift structures connected to it.

Two other anaerobic digestion sites exist in Maine: one in Exeter which processes waste from a dairy farm; and a second being built in Lewiston, to aid the Lewiston-Auburn Water District’s treatment facility.

A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Maine Technology Institute, 8 Venture Ave., at Brunswick Landing.

For information, visit www.villagegreenventures.com.

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