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Lifecycle Renewables Receives Approval for Renewable Energy System

By March 1, 2012October 18th, 2023No Comments

Lifecycle Renewables receives Air Plan Approval from MA DEP for .5MW renewable energy system.

February 2012, Everett, MA – Lifecycle Renewables has been awarded an Air Plan Approval for it’s first-of-a-kind renewable energy system, located at Whole Foods Market’s kitchens in Everett MA.  This landmark approval has paved the way for a pipeline of future renewable energy projects from Lifecycle Renewables.  Lifecycle Renewables aims to make the best use of waste vegetable and other liquid waste streams.  Using Lifecycle Renewables’ waste vegetable oil derived fuel called LR100 for electricity and heat production is not only environmentally optimal but also produces winning economic results.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America’s first national certified organic grocer will be the first company in the United States to generate its electricity needs on-site using recycled cooking oil generated from its commissary kitchen and Whole Foods Market store locations.

The 45,000 square foot building located at 9 Commercial Street in Everett, Mass serves as the kitchen facility for the North Atlantic and Northeast Regions of Whole Foods Market supplying prepared foods and other products to 43 stores located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.  To meet growing demand for prepared foods, the kitchen operates six days per week and uses approximately 1,200 gallons of cooking oil each week.

The system will have the capacity to meet the electricity needs of the entire commissary, just over 2,000,000 kWh’s per year.  Producing electricity with LR100 avoids new carbon dioxide emissions attributed to conventional electricity production.  The LR100 emissions that are produced contain virtually zero sulfur oxides and sulfates, major contributors to acid rain.

Using clean burning LR100 will enable the system to run year round under Massachusetts’ strict air quality regulations.  As a comparison, if the system were to be fueled on traditional diesel fuel, the system would only be able to run as an emergency power source limited to 300 hours per year.

Whole Foods Market will derive the optimal environmental and economic benefit from their waste vegetable oil.  Utilizing it’s own waste for renewable energy, Whole Foods Market is coming ever closer to becoming a zero waste company.

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