Potawatomi Digester in Milwaukee, WI Construction Updates

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Nov 2012 – Ground Breaking 

Marked by the ground breaking in Nov 2012 the construction of the first-ever anaerobic digester in Milwaukee, WI began excavation works.

Potawatomi Digester Groundbreaking

The site will be adjacent to the Potawatomi Casino on Canal Street.  The Tribe is committed to helping bring commerce to Milwaukee and believes it will attract food and beverage manufacturers to the area.

Anaerobic Digester Milwaukee

Jeff Crawford, the Potawatomi Tribe attorney general shares WHY:

“We really believe a bio-digester in a community like Milwaukee is a win-win for the businesses that want to produce green energy and the businesses that are producing this organic waste product.”

“Right now they’re paying for this waste to be hauled away and it’s having to be processed through separate facilities or MMSD. What we’re talking about is taking it out of that waste stream and making it more productive by turning it into green energy.” [source Journal Sentinel]

Jan and Feb 2013 – Foundation 

anerobic digester site

Walking onto the construction site in the Menomonee Valley. Canal Street. Milwaukee WI.

Pouring exterior grade beam at the waste unloading area1

Pouring exterior grade beam at the waste unloading area 1.

Pouring the exterior grade beam

Pouring exterior grade beam at the waste unloading area 1.

Potawatomi Digester Pouring concrete for the interior grade beam along c-line

Pouring concrete for the interior grade beam along c-line.

March 2013 

Potawatomi Digester. Pouring east exterior grade beam

Pouring east exterior grade beam.

Potawatomi Digester. Pouring the exterior grade beam

Pouring the exterior grade beam.

///Heart of the Anaerobic Digester///

Membrane AnMBR

At the heart of the Potawatomi anaerobic digester is the AnMBR ultrafiltration membrane system.  Similar to the the filtration system pictured above.

The key difference is the AnMBR system helps to eliminate 99.5% of COD. A breakthrough in science and filtration engineering! Previous technologies operated at 85-95% COD removal.

All photos are exclusive rights of FCPC Renewable Energy LLC. Please contact for authorization to replicate or duplicate.

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