Synthica Energy Receives Air Quality Permit for Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Rome, Georgia

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Synthica Energy, a prominent developer of anaerobic digestion facilities, has secured an Air Quality Permit from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for its upcoming facility in Rome. The facility, situated at W. Hermitage Rd NE & Old Shannon Rd. in Floyd County, is expected to process up to 300,000 tons of industrial organic waste annually upon completion.

The Air Quality Permit, issued to establish enforceable emission limitations, covers the comprehensive operation of the anaerobic digestion facility, which includes two digesters, two tanks, and a boiler. Synthica anticipates commencing construction at the site in the second quarter of 2024, with operations slated to initiate by late 2025.

Synthica Energy is presently engaged in agreements with manufacturers throughout Greater Atlanta to handle their organic waste feedstocks. These agreements encompass a diverse range of materials, spanning food and beverage manufacturing byproducts, expired or damaged produce, spent yeast, expired beer, and other depackaged beverage products.

Missy Kendrick, President & CEO of Rome Floyd County Development Authority, expressed enthusiasm about the project, stating, “The approval of the air permit for Synthica Energy’s anaerobic digestion facility in Rome, Georgia, marks a significant milestone in our commitment to sustainable development.” She emphasized the partnership’s alignment with their mission to promote innovation and environmental responsibility, providing a resource for local industries to uphold environmentally friendly corporate policies.

“The project exemplifies our dedication to progressive industry practices that benefit both our community and the planet. We look forward to the positive impact this venture will bring to our region,” Kendrick added.

The anaerobic digester in Rome will employ established technology to convert waste into renewable energy. Synthica Energy has already initiated construction on its flagship location in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is progressing on similar facilities in multiple markets, including San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, and Louisville.

Grant Gibson, Co-founder and Chief Development Officer at Synthica Energy, highlighted the significance of the facility for the Atlanta region. He noted, “Demand for a facility like this is significant across the Atlanta region,” citing the absence of anaerobic digestion plants within a 50-mile radius of downtown Atlanta. Gibson emphasized the potential cost savings for manufacturers and underscored the environmental benefits of anaerobic digestion and the production of renewable natural gas.