Waste to Energy
Small-scale WTE plants provide a promising path to address the world’s energy and waste disposal problems simultaneously. However, the field is in its infancy.
Unlike municipalities, which deploy WTE plants that process thousands of tons of waste per day, small-scale WTE plant customers typically lack sufficient expertise to deal with multiple specialty vendors for the inherently unique unit operations involved in an end-to-end process.
A successful waste pyrolysis plant includes the following critical stages:
Management of incoming waste (logistics)
Pretreatment of feed. This could include segregation, drying, sieving, etc.
a) Removing/neutralizing hazardous constituents.
b) Filtration, separation, concentration of the desired gas to make it suitable for useful deployment as an energy source.
Energy generation from the gas:
Power generation with waste heat capture/reuse for pyrolysis process (direct thermal or chilling via absorption chillers)
Treatment of wastewater generated
Cooling, removing char
Treat char for disposal/value added sale
Since pyrolysis is the central conversion stage, vendors for this stage sometimes underestimate the importance of the balance of plant unit operations, how they need to interact, etc., and the customer is often expected to find appropriate expertise from companies specialized in the relevant fields, leading to an installation lacking single point responsibility for performance.
Our innovative yet economically viable approaches to problem solving combined with dedication and perseverance have earned us the reputation of a “get it done” kind of team. We work with our customers as partners not as vendors and maintain a single focus of making the project a success.