Albany set to opt for waste-to-energy scheme

Albany, New York, looks poised to move ahead with a $60 million waste-to-energy scheme after Connecticut-based Green Waste Energy was the only developer to submit a project proposal to the Port District Commission.

The proposal would convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into 9 MW of power using an autoclave process, followed by syngas production through pyrolysis. Around 1.3 MW will be used to power the plant, while the remaining electricity will be sold to the grid and capable of powering up to 10,000 homes.

‘There is absolutely no combustion whatsoever,’ Joe Kerecman, Green Waste Energy chief operating officer, said of the oxygen-free, endothermic pyrolysis process.

The power plant will process about 400 tonnes of MSW per day, reducing the waste volume by about 60 percent. To begin with, the system will produce power only. ‘There certainly is the potential for combined-heat-and-power applications,’ Kerecman said.

In addition to producing enough electricity to power itself, the facility will not use any water, said Jim Burchetta, Green Waste Energy founder and CEO. ‘We’re not a drain on the community in any way,’ he said.

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