RCM announces certification and production of new bio-container
Renewable Carbon Management, LLC (RCM) announced the successful completion of engineering and testing resulting in a production agreement with a Chinese Intermodal container manufacturer. The test results qualified RCM’s newest in-vessel composting container for certification by the International Shipping Association (ISA) and Bureau International des Containers (BIC) to meet International Organizations of Standardization (ISO) standards as an Intermodal shipping container.
These certifications enable RCM to lease its container for transport of goods instead of paying for shipping, a savings up to $5,000 per container. The main difference between the company’s bio-container and standard ISO shipping containers is a perforated plastic floor replacing conventional plywood, integrated with a water tight air plenum sub-floor. RCM suggests that this dual functionality could eventually develop “composting in transit” operations—compost ade at or delivered to container terminals converts to bio-fertilizers or biogas while curing as ballast en route. RCM claims the water tight feature of the new bio-containers are also an improvement over conventional ISO shipping containers.
The first of 22 bio-containers sailed on a container ship from Shanghai bound for Los Angeles today marking the first shipment of the company’s patented and patent pending enhanced bio-container technology for organic material bio-processing. These bio-containers will replace RCM’s previous generation of roll-off style in-vessel composting digesters and containerized biofilters in use since 1992.
Bio-container prototypes have been in service at RCM’s Whidbey Island Naval Air Station compost installation for two years. Navy officials report that the new containers provide more uniform air distribution, better temperature control, less cleaning, less abrasion, lower corrosion and easier unloading than RCM’s previous generation of Navy certified in-vessel composting containers in use at the base since 1999.
“Lower shipping costs, better corrosion resistance and the economic benefit of mass production in China will make in-vessel composting, biofuel production, air treatment and biofertilizer manufacturing more competitive with other biomass conversion technologies, particularly outdoor windrow composting,” RCM President Jim McNelly reported.
“In-vessel no longer means higher cost,” McNelly continued. “Intermodal handling equipment and new efficiencies of scale with new 50-ton 40 ft. containers will reduce operating and fuel costs over $6 per ton compared to front-end loader based composting systems. We are ready to supply economical greenhouse gas-reducing fertilizer and biofuel production equipment to meet the demand for green collar jobs in a variety of renewable industries.”