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Bio Container Press Release


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Bio Container Press Release

  1. 1. For Immediate Release January 16, 2009 Contact: Jim McNelly President Renewable Carbon Management, LLC 320-253-5076 Renewable Carbon Management, LLC (RCM) announces certification and production of its “bio-container” as a dual-function Intermodal shipping container. New Lower-Cost and Longer-Lasting Bio-Container Technology Sees First Commercial Applications ST. CLOUD, MN— Renewable Carbon Management, LLC (RCM) announces the successful completion of testing resulting in a manufacturing agreement with a Chinese Intermodal container manufacturer. The test results qualified the bio-container for certification by the International Shipping Association (ISA) and Bureau International des Containers (BIC) to meet International Standard for Standardization (ISO) standards as an Intermodal shipping container. These certifications enable RCM to lease its container for transport of goods instead of having to pay for shipping, a savings up to $5,000 per container. RCM suggests that this dual functionality could eventually develop “composting in transit” operations—compost made at or delivered to container terminals converts to bio-fertilizers or biogas while curing en route. RCM claims the new bio-containers are an improvement over conventional ISO shipping containers. more
  2. 2. RCM Announces First Commercial Application of New Bio-Container Technology Page 2 The first of 22 bio-containers sailed on a container ship bound for L. A. today marking commercial use of RCM’s patented and patent pending bio-container technology for organic material bio-processing. These bio-containers replace RCM’s previous generation of roll-off style in-vessel composting digesters and containerized biofilters in use since 1992. Bio-container prototypes have been in service at RCM’s Whidbey Island Naval Air Station compost installation for nearly two years. Navy officials report that the new containers provide more even air distribution, better temperature control, less cleaning, lower corrosion and easier unloading than RCM’s previous generation of containers in use at the base since 1999. RCM represents that lower shipping costs, higher corrosion resistance and the economic benefit of mass production in China will make in-vessel composting, biofuel production, air treatment and biofertilizer manufacturing competitive with conventional odor- and greenhouse- gas- generating windrow composting technologies. “We have already conducted research in China on the feasibility of using these bio-containers as the north walls of compost heated greenhouses,” McNelly reported. McNelly was a member of a USDA Foreign Agriculture Service China task force which is negotiating an extension of an expiring five- year agreement of mutual cooperation signed in 2003 with several Chinese government organizations, RCM and USDA, according to McNelly. According to RCM’s McNelly, “Intermodal handling equipment and new efficiencies of scale will reduce operating costs over $6 per ton compared to front-end loader based composting systems. We are ready to supply economical greenhouse gas-reducing fertilizer and biofuel manufacturing facilities to meet the demand for green collar jobs and renewable industries.” more
  3. 3. RCM Announces First Commercial Application of New Bio-Container Technology Page 3 — 30 — For additional information: more