'The Chunkinator' at Ben & Jerry's turns ice cream into energy


Ben & Jerry’s has become the first ice cream company in the world to power one of its factories using the by-products of ice cream.

Ben & Jerrys - BIOPAQ AFR from Paques

Paques BIOPAQ®AFR biodigester – humorously titled as ‘The Chunkinator’ – is up and running at Ben & Jerry’s factory in Hellendoorn in the Netherlands, after a year of testing and a year and half of trial runs.

The Chunkinator is an anaerobic flotation reactor. Ice cream waste is fed into its tank, where 24bn natural micro-organisms break down the particles, turning them into biogas.

Read the full article at The Guardian Sustainable Business Zone.