Waste separated at our facilties also contains a large amount of materials which have a very weak (or no) recycling market, but can be used cleanly and inexpensively as a substitute for fossil fuels rather than being disposed of in landfills. These materials are combustible, and can include such items as cardboard, paper, mixed plastics (numbers 3-7 on the plastic chart), clothing, and wood. These materials are further processed by our facilities and shredded, creating a consistent, high value fuel for the end-user, called Solid Recovered Fuel (“SRF”).
State-of-the-art steam and power generation technologies, such as those installed at our facilities, are widely recognized by government agencies around the globe as effective waste management solutions and renewable generation options, while being able to maintain air pollutant emissions well below regulatory limits.
Currently, there are 450 waste-to-energy facilities operating in Europe with an average capacity of 175,000 tons per year, and another 86 in the United States, with an average capacity of over 400,000 tons per year. Given the ability of modern air pollution control systems to minimize harmful emissions, some of the more notable WTE facilities are located in (or near) downtown Paris, London, Vienna, Copenhagen, and Osaka.
SRF as a percentage of incoming waste is typically the following:
Total 41.0 %
SRF exiting our facilities is used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels by cement companies, and for the generation of hot water, steam, or electricity. While Blake Street Energy’s initial projects are based on waste separation and production of SRF, our future projects in Russia will require the production and sale of hot water, steam, and or electric power. Due to our long experience in the industry, Blake Street Energy has existing relationships in place with some of the leading, smaller scale waste-to-energy technology companies in the world. Our partners have designed, built, and operated several waste-to-energy facilities, and have proven technology with decades of operating experience at commercial scale. As a result, we can begin work with any municipality immediately to provide it with a full-scale facility.
Outotech (formerly Energy Products of Idaho) has nearly four decades of operating experience and more than 100 fluidized bed energy system installations. The company’s proprietary fuel thermal oxidation and gasification technologies recover energy from various biomass and wastes such as fresh and used wood, agricultural waste, demolition waste, manure, waste paper, paper sludge, oil sludge, municipal waste and many other materials.
Novo Energy (“Novo”) is a Colorado-based renewable energy company that provides state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and project support services for the renewable energy and solid waste disposal industries (www.novoenergy.com). Novo offers a proprietary technology platform and exclusive license arrangements that include:
Proprietary gasification technology for conversion of biomass feedstocks (including construction and demolition waste) to syngas for combustion and energy production.
The Aireal Combustion System (“ACS”), which is a patented and proprietary combustion technology that uses a gas pulse system for fuel bed agitation with no moving parts in the combustion zone.
A proprietary air pollution control (“APC”) system that employs an all dry scrubbing technology for emissions control in WTE facilities that consistently meets the most stringent emission standards in the world, including the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada.