Waste to energy biomass system to be installed in Metis community
Waste to Energy Canada, Inc (WTEC), a provider of integrated environmental and socioeconomic solutions around the globe, today announced they have been chosen to supply a biomass waste to energy system to the Kelly Lake Metis Settlement Society community in British Columbia, Canada.
For many years Kelly Metis Settlement Society (KLMSS) President Lyle Letendre has been working towards creating sustainable jobs in clean technology for members of the society. After a three year detailed feasibility study, due diligence and input from the team at WTEC and Doug Bedard of Meyer Norris Penny (MNP) the first key steps of the waste-to-energy project are underway. The facility construction is slated to commence in the community south of Dawson Creek late in 2012.
“Our goal is to produce approximately 15 MW of electricity to the local grid. In addition we are excited about the possibility of using the remaining balance of thermal energy from the facility to heat greenhouses for local food production and seedlings for forestry,” stated President Letendre. “That would mean more long term sustainable jobs and training facilities for renewable energy and under roof agri/siviculture. We have time to train our citizens for these jobs while the design and construction proceeds.”
Funded by BC's Forestry Product Innovations the Waste Stream Characterization Study commences this week. The study will provide data on the waste used as fuel for the Biomass unit. The primary feedstock or fuel is expected to come from forestry and industry clearances plus pine beetle kill wood while oil and gas operational wastes will act as secondary feedstock. Both will also be analyzed to provide data used in designing the facility. Municipal Solid Waste (garbage) from Peace River District is also a potential supply of waste and the WTEC team is discussing best options with the administration team.
The technology that will provide these opportunities is WTEC's Continuous Gasifier System - configured in two 200 tonne per day 'trains' within an enclosed building on a pre-selected site near Tomslake, close to the BC Hydro grid. The facility will continuously convert waste into energy rich gas which is then oxidized - releasing plentiful thermal energy. That energy is then used to drive turbines to create electricity.
“As a Canadian firm it is particularly satisfying to be making a difference on projects like this and Old Crow, Yukon,” says Andy Harris, Vice President Development, “We have an active research and development program which is focused on complementary technology including water supply and carbon sequestration so we're excited about key acquisitions of compatible technology. This is another step in fulfilling our vision for the company.”
Just last week WTEC announced they had been chosen to supply a solid waste management system to the remote fly in community of Old Crow, Yukon, Canada. WTEC’s latest technology, the Mobile Gasification System (MGS) will be used in Old Crow. The pre-configured and pre-tested MGS is permanently housed in two customized 40’ shipping containers. The “plug and play” design is completely stand alone allowing the system to be set up and operational within hours with minimal assembly required.
The MGS is expected to arrive in Old Crow by April 2012 and be operational almost immediately. It will be transported to the community via C130 Hercules aircraft.