MJG Energy Group is working with a Florida based company with a focus on a waste-to-energy gasification solution that more efficiently and economically manages waste while producing renewable, reliable energy. These waste gasification to electrical and thermal energy systems are based on the knowledge, experience, and technology developed and proven for over 20 years now. The technology is a unique and simple 18 hour batch process wherein a high calorific value synthetic gas (commonly called "syngas") is produced from various solid waste materials, such as municipal (MSW), medical, agricultural, industrial, rubber-tire, and other carbon based wastes. These systems can be configured as combined heat and power (CHP) systems to provide both electrical and thermal energy for maximum benefits. The electrical energy can be consumed locally or interconnected to the power grid. The thermal energy can be used to produce hot water, distilled water, low- and high-pressure steam, refrigeration/air conditioning, or product drying heat instead of using fossil fuels. This is accomplished at very low construction, operations, and maintenance costs. In many areas, the system is cost-competitive with prevailing landfill tipping fees or disposal costs.
A 10 ton per day (TPD) foreign demonstration project showed end results of 95% MSW gone, with the remaining 5% (metals, cans and bottles) recycled. A system gasifying 100 tpd, waste from communities with 50,000 to 85,000 residents , will generate 2 megawatts of electrical energy, approximately 16 million kWh per year, and even more thermal energy, all within environmental guidelines. This is a far greener process than current disposal practices, significantly reducing carbon monoxide, greenhouse gases, and landfill leachate.
There are two options for implementing the technology.
The first option is the build-sell option where the system is sold to a purchaser, builds the system under contract with initial and progressive payments, and implements the system at the purchaser’s site within 6-12 months. The purchaser can operate and maintain the system with training and support, or the purchaser can contract others for the operation and maintenance.
The second option is the build-own-operate option where the system is built and implements the system, maintains ownership wholly or with joint venture partners, contracts for operation and maintenance of the facility, and benefits with a continuing revenue stream from the waste disposal fees and energy and recyclable sales. Special purpose entities (SPEs) as Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) will be formed for each build-own-operate project to own the facility and have signed agreements for a minimum volume of waste at discounted disposal fees, purchases of the energy and recyclables generated at discounted rates, and minimal or no payment lease for space for the system and its operation. The SPEs will also sign
agreements with local companies for the daily operation and maintenance of the system. The purchaser in the first option can also set up a public-private, special purpose, joint venture, or other legal entity to purchase the system and then continue to own and operate the facility with the benefit from a continuing revenue stream, tax credits, carbon credits and other incentives. Except for building the system, the purchaser might want to
follow the build-own-operate model above.
The key to the success of both options is the:
1. Quality, quantity, and location of available non-recyclable waste.
2. Cost of existing waste disposal systems and processes.
3. Markets and infrastructure for electrical and thermal energy and recyclable materials.
4. Policies and public perception and support.
Market: The USA produces over 250 million tons of MSW annually. 100 million tons is recycled while the remaining 150 million tons goes to landfills. The global picture is over a billion tons of MSW annually with recycling programs at different stages, from advanced to none, around the world. There are many US and worldwide opportunities for both build-sell and build-own-operate options to gasify 5 to 500 tpd of waste and generate renewable and reliable energy. The scope of this present opportunity is awe inspiring: in just one country, preliminary proposals could lead to 15 MSW gasification systems of 500 TPD at each unit, valuing the contracts at an estimated $900 million. The story at that site is the same all over the world: existing landfills are reaching capacity, are closed or are scheduled to close. This 18 hour batch gasification of waste technology provides a low cost recycling and renewable energy platform, providing a sustainable answer for today and future waste streams. Many municipalities, counties, waste management companies, recyclers, resorts, remote villages, oil company drilling complexes, manufacturers, and other businesses have expressed strong interest in this waste-to-energy technology and want to visit our North American demonstration facility.