Sonoma County inventor James McElvaney (right), has developed a system to convert organic waste into energy and other beneficial byproducts, one that creates the energy that powers it in the bargain.
Bob Hillman, McElvaney's partner in their start-up, Bioconverter LLC, sees their new technology as a tool to capture greenhouse gases while also combating invasive, non-native plants, such as the Ludwigia, or Creeping Water Primrose, now prevalent in the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
The company offers a more comprehensive explanation of their processes on the FAQ page of their website, but you can read an overview here.
The primary process of bioconversion takes place in a series of vertical tanks, such as those seen at left. In addition to the environmental benefits of bioconversion, Hillman notes that it has the economic potential to actually fund some of those productive outcomes.