ICM partnered with Phoenix Bio-Systems to design and build Bio-Methanators.
Phoenix Bio-Systems joined forces with ICM in 1996 to provide the ethanol industry with high-efficiency, cost-effective anaerobic wastewater treatment systems known as Bio-Methanators. The first project Dr. Joe Ruocco, Ph.D. (Phoenix Bio-Systems' principal), worked on with ICM was a 10,000-gallon Bio-Methanator for High Plains Corporation in Colwich, KS. ICM and Phoenix have since installed versions of this initial prototype in biorefineries across North America, helping to reduce plant energy costs by capturing methane then using it to help power the plant. In addition, the use of Bio-Methanators enabled ICM plants to offer zero process water discharge.