09 May '12, 7pm

Is That Onions You Smell? Or Battery Juice?

Is That Onions You Smell? Or Battery Juice?

Gills Onions In addition to enabling a company to pay nighttime prices for electricity, a big battery can step in during a power emergency. Gills Onions , a food processing company based in Oxnard, Calif., needs copious amounts of electricity for refrigeration, lighting and other jobs, and it sets an example by making its own, using onion waste. But it recently became a little greener — and more economical — by adding an enormous battery. Gills processes about a million pounds of onions a day. Of that, about 300,000 pounds a day — the tops, bottoms and outer peels — is waste. “We slice, we dice, we whole-peel,’’ said Nikki Rodoni, a spokeswoman. Disposing of that material involved considerable labor as well as diesel fuel for the trucks, and storing it on site made the company unpopular with neighbors, she said. So a few years ago Gills switched to squeezing the wastes to ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/is-that-onions-...

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