Now that the EPA has exonerated Green Power Inc. from a shut-down ordered by the Washington Ecology Department, the company has announced that within the next week, they will begin the construction of numerous municipal-solid-waste-to-fuel plants for clients around the world. The company has already received $2 billion in contracts, showing that there is growing worldwide interest in using waste to create energy.
Currently, Green Power Inc. has the technology that can turn municipal solid waste (MSW) into a synthetic liquid fuel and electricity. As such, a number of governments have expressed an interest in hosting these plants in their own countries. Green Power describes its process as a “proprietary catalytic pressure-less depolymerization process (CDP) where municipal solid waste or a wide variety of organic wastes are ‘cracked’ at the molecular level and the long-chain polymers (plastic, organic material such as wood, etc.) are chemically altered to become short-chain hydrocarbons with no combustion. Combustion requires oxygen or a similar compound, but according to Green Power the CDP occurs in an anaerobic environment, exposed only to inert gases like nitrogen.”
The company claims that it can manufacture equipment that is capable of converting 100 tons of garbage into 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel at a mere 78 cents a gallon – meaning that energy supplies could be diversified and countries could reduce their reliance on outside sources for energy. Moreover, the company has said that ‘waste fuel’ from livestock, would be of higher quality and cheaper than fuel derived from crude oil. Speaking to Pure Energy Systems, Green Power’s CEO Michael Spitzauer said, “We would not need to import any foreign oil if we could turn our municipal waste stream into fuel.”
Just last year Green Power Inc. faced problems when the company was shut down by Washington state’s Ecology Department under accusations that firm had not provided adequate compliance with the environmental air quality regulations. However this matter was resolved this past September when the EPA backed Green Power and reversed Washington state’s Ecology Department’s claim.
Not to be hindered by the threatened shut-down, a number of other countries have already expressed an interest in building their own Green Power Inc. plants, including Vietnam, Spain, France, Yugoslavia, and South America, which is already targeting a large scale installation anticipated to launch April 2011. But as a U.S. based company, you must be wondering about domestic undertakings – is the U.S. to receive any waste-to-energy plants? According to Spitzauer, he hasn’t been entertaining U.S. contracts in the last year or so, despite plenty of interest on his part. However, he hopes this will change in the near future and that the plants will bear the slogan “Made in the U.S.A.”