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November 12, 2006


Antiquated Tory

Fuel generation AND municipal waste disposal. Two birds with one stone.

So, what's the catch?


Antiquated Tory -

My guess is that they've only done this on a lab scale, hence the need to build the prototype. The catch will come when it doesn't scale as easily as they thought it would.


chris g

been hearing about this sort of thing for years.. it never seems to make it big (perhaps doesn't deliver on its promises).


Given the size of iron-production furnaces, a failure to scale seems unlikely.

The thing that concerns me is that this system can produce exactly one thing:  combustible gas.  If the fuel product of choice turns out to be charcoal (because it is easily shipped or sequestered), the investment in such systems would be wasted.  Or worse, the sunk costs could sustain the use of inefficient systems - the situation we're in now.

Udo Stenzel

These guys' website can't tell a megawatt from a megawatt-hour. Sounds like a scam to me, especially with all that marketing fluff added in.

But assuming this is real, then it's only a cleaner way of incinerating waste. Valuable in itself, but not exactly a source of fuel.

Dennis Naughton

The article doesn't say what process they propose to use to induce gasification other than molten steel. It would be nice to learn more.

Vimal Trivedi, Associate Professor, CSS, Surat, India

The main aspect of urban solid waste management is to collect, process and dispose of in more systematic manner but in recent time waste management has become a more difficult task in many countries particularly in India. It is also considered after the plague occured in Surat in 1995 and now it is a political agenda in India.

natural remedies

We all need to do our part to clean the world.

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Cindy Findley

EPA has changed the comment period for public definition of solid waste.


40 CFR Parts 260 and 261

Definition of Solid Waste Public Meeting; Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comments; Extension of comment period.

SUMMARY: EPA is announcing an extension to the comment period for the public meeting notice published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2009 regarding the Agency's recent regulation on the definition of solid waste under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The comment period is being extended 30 days to August 13, 2009. EPA is currently reviewing a petition filed with the Administrator under RCRA section 7004(a) requesting that the Agency reconsider and repeal the recently promulgated revisions to the definition of solid waste for hazardous secondary materials being reclaimed, and is soliciting comments and information to assist the agency in evaluating the petition.

DATES: Persons may submit written or electronic comments by August 13, 2009. The administrative record of the meeting will remain open for submissions until August 13, 2009.

This information came from http://www.FederalRegister.com

Recycling Equipment

It is a nice blog. Yes you have written good things here regarding waste management. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

stuart goldhawk

This type of energy conversion is great, But I am finding more and more material from house demolition is not being accepted. This is a major problem in the future

Bucket Trucks

Biomass is awesome! It's going to really change a lot in the future. It's really pretty exciting to think our trash that's been killing the environment is going to wind up being our fuel. Swweeeetttt.

hcg Drops

this would be beneficial for all of us..especially with the way we make wastes nowadays.

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