Janicki Omni-Processor (J-OP)


  • Descriptive Overview
    Sedron Technologies, formerly Janicki Bioenergy, is the Technology Partner responsible for development of the patented Janicki Omni-Processor technology, now owned by the Gates Foundation and available for license. The J-OP uses a Rankine cycle to process fecal sludge and other waste streams into water, ash, and energy. The unit is flexible and robust to a variety of feedstocks and contexts, dependent on the desired business case. Key features: - Scalable to smaller or larger capacities - Sustainable solution to reduce carbon footprint and green-house gas emissions - Net energy producer: no electricity or auxiliary fuel is required. Excess energy produced is available for sales as electricity and/or heat.
  • Use Case Details
    Standalone FSTP: If feedstock can be supplemented with biomass to reach 20% solids, it can be fed directly into the J-OP. Colocation with STP: current commercial systems have been designed to process sludge from drying beds at existing FSTPs to accomplish complete pathogen elimination.
  • Dimensions (meters)
    Scalable, with footprint for core J-OP technology around 500 sq. m
  • Other Waste Accepted
    Can be configured to accept other biosolids, waste biomass, or other waste (e.g. plastic, sorted garbage)
  • Use Cases
    • Standalone FSTP
    • Collocation with STP
  • Frontend Description
    Designed to receive dewatered sludge from an FSTP or separate dewatering process.
  • Users per Day (Expected)
    Scalable, with most systems being designed to serve populations of several hundred thousand.
  • Users per Day (Maximum)
  • Type of Waste Treated
    Solids Processing
  • Core Processing Technology
    Dry Combustion
  • Processing Overview
    Wet biosolids are dried and metered to a boiler for combustion.
  • Processing Capacity
    Scalable, with versions demonstrated at 8 and 15 dry tons per day. Most systems being commercialized are sized for approximately 200 KLD of wet sludge.
  • Consumable Chemicals Needed
    Dependent upon configuration, system may need auxiliary fuel for startup, lime for emissions controls, acids/ bases for pH control, and flocculant for dewatering.
  • Power Systems Overview
    Steam from the boiler is used in a Rankine cycle to drive a steam engine and generator. Electricity is produced for use in the system, with excess electricity available for other uses.
  • Energy Balance
    Scalable, and dependent upon operation parameters. Various versions produce between 40 and 300 kW of excess electricity
  • Capital Expense Estimate Notes
    Capital expense likely to be several million $US based on versions currently in development.
  • Operating Expense Estimate Notes
    Operating expense likely to be more than US$100,000 per year based on versions currently in development.
  • Currently in Active Development
  • Commercialization Status
    Seeking Licensees
  • Commercialization Activities
    Technology currently available for licensing from the Gates Foundation.
  • Intellectual Property Status
    Patent Granted
  • Intellectual Property Details
    Based on US Patent 9,708,937 and the associated family of patents and applications in other jurisdictions. IP owned by BMGF.
  • Frequency of Emptying Outputs
    Daily or weekly
  • Nutrient Reuse
    Several thousand kg per day of pathogen-free ash available to be sold or used as fertilizer, and several thousand liters of water available for agricultural or other uses.
  • Solid Emission Characteristics
    Various versions generate several thousand kg per day of ash, depending on input feedstock characteristics
  • Liquid Emission Characteristics
    Scalable and dependent upon operating parameters. Current versions have produced between 2.5 and 7 KLD of distilled water, 22 KLD of clean water, or up to 130 KLD of water for industrial use.
Patent Number Description Link
US20160138433 Multi-functional fecal waste and garbage processor and associated methods Link