Senator Wieckowski selects Fremont's Power Knot as Small Business of the Year

The Fremont company's biodigester machines reduce the carbon footprint and expense of food waste

August 17, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Power Knot, a Fremont company that manufactures biodigesters that are usually used in commercial kitchens, cruise ships and corporate cafeterias to reduce the expense, carbon footprint and inconvenience of disposing of food waste that would otherwise be hauled to a landfill, is Senator Bob Wieckowski’s Small Business of the Year for the 10th Senate District.  

Power Knot was recognized today as part of California Small Business Day, an annual event organized by the California Small Business Association to honor the contributions of small businesses.  Awardees from each legislative district were recognized during the ceremony.

“I am proud to represent a district that is a leader in innovation, manufacturing and tackling issues like climate change,” Wieckowski said. “Power Knot’s machines reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food waste. This prevents methane from being released in our landfills. Not only is Power Knot providing good manufacturing jobs, but they are fulfilling an important societal need by making products that improve our environment.”

The company designs, develops and manufactures it products in Fremont and has its biodigesters installed on six continents and on large cruise ships. 

“Power Knot is proud to be recognized by Senator Wieckowski for our contribution to California Senate District 10 and the wider world in general,” said Power Knot President Iain Milnes. “The LFC® biodigester is a food waste digester that has been helping California businesses to reduce greenhouse gasses by keeping food waste out of landfills. Our cleantech solution has been gaining traction rapidly as the world becomes increasingly aware of the impact food waste has on the planet. With record high temperatures, we’re in a race against time to do our part and stop global warming.”

Earlier this year, Power Knot announced it had completed orders for multiple food digester machines for Carnival Corporation, the giant cruise operator with multiple cruise line brands. It installed nearly 600 biodigesters across the Carnival fleet in support of the cruise line’s food waste management and reduction efforts.

There other clients include major Silicon Valley companies, military bases, Dubai Airport and firms across the globe.

Senator Wieckowski’s 10th District includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.