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Omex Canada

Inside Omex Canada’s plantOmex has been in business for nearly 40 years, operates in over 60 countries, and has manufacturing sites in the UK, US and Canada. It provides specialty nutrients branded as Omex Trace Element Additives (TEAs). The company says it can boost biogas production because Omex TEA products are specifically formulated to meet the nutrient requirements of an existing microbial population in an anaerobic digester. The microbial population is analysed for requirements and a specific TEA is recommended.

Take the case of beer brewing. There is usually an excess of some nutrients, and a shortage of certain minerals and trace elements required in minute quantities but critical to the proper function of the microorganisms. In 2007, Omex provided analytical services to the Heineken Spain brewery when its digesters did not work as well as expected. A nutrient profile was created, the plant performance examined, and a nine-micronutrient mix was developed. Over a five-month trial period, biogas production per kilogram of chemical oxygen demand (COD) removed increased by 13%. Suspended solids dropped by about 16%, and digester stability improved markedly.

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