Ze-gen Has Received Approval for Construction of a Waste Gasification Demonstration Facility
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Solid Waste and Air Departments have issued conditional permits to Ze-gen for the construction of a waste gasification demonstration facility that will operate for up to one year. Ze-gen first began to apply for Department of Environmental Protection permitting in March of 2006.
Construction of the facility is to commence immediately, and Ze-gen anticipates the facility to be operational and generating test data by late spring of 2007. In one year's operating time Ze-gen will prove its zero-emissions waste gasification technology and optimize the facility's operating conditions. The demonstration facility is designed to process up to 500 tons of construction and demolition waste per month, producing synthetic natural gas of high enough quality to generate significant quantities of renewable energy.
was formed in mid-2004 in order to develop and deploy efficient gasification systems that convert municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition waste (C&D) into clean energy. The reasons to do so are compelling:
- In the United States alone over 350 million tons of MSW and C&D are created each year, with 300 million tons ending up in landfills. Once there, this waste converts into approximately 580 million tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas, of which 50% is methane, a substance 22 times more harmful to the environment than CO2 itself
- Landfills are the largest man-made source of methane gas emissions and account for over 8% of total greenhouse gas generation
- Ze-gen represents a non-incineration based opportunity to create clean power with a virtually limitless supply of free fuel
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