Providing Waste Combustion & Energy For Remote Locations:
Example: Alaska Villages
THE PROBLEM WE CAN SOLVE
Alaska is a prime example of the problem of remote villages that struggle to get rid of their waste and also crave reliable generator power to run their lives.
Many remote Alaskan towns get rid of their waste via open burning and also pay high diesel fuel costs for electricity. One result is an increase in the potential health problems among residents of those communities. Open burning usually involves either open pits or the use of normal incineration units that can burn trash at 700f, but these units normally are stationary, and create unfiltered and unhealthy pollution/smoke.
Open burning efforts usually do not discriminate what is burned as it’s the only way to get rid of the solid combustible waste in a timely manner. In addition current incinerator technology requires the use of a supplemental fuel, estimated between 60 and 200 diesel gallons per day, which is cost prohibitive in remote Alaskan communities.
Utilizing our WTE Combustor in remote communities to dispose of solid combustible waste streams, such as wood/plastics, is cost effective and environmentally safe. Our unit would also provide needed energy for these remote communities, such as in Alaska, where diesel costs are very high, even with the low cost of oil.
Our Combustor requires no additional supplemental fuel for its operation and at the high temperature at which the unit combusts and with installed pollution abatement equipment the unit exhaust is clean hot combustion air.
Strategically positioning a unit at a location which can serve multiple communities could also be an option, especially as a cost effective way for waste disposal. With its mobility, our units can also go where the waste streams reside, too, if enough quantity exists for a cost-effective move.
Also unique to Alaska is the issue of building a foundation in permafrost. Typically a unit such as the combustor would require digging a foundation to insure proper leveling. In Alaska, because the permafrost can move, this can lead to damage to both the permafrost and a larger stationary incinerator. Since our Smart Mobile Combustor sits on its own base frame, on a truck, a foundation is not required.
Potential Use Cases
We wrote brief writeups for each of these use cases to illustrate the different ways our unit can be deployed, especially due to its mobility.
Our strategic plan is to focus on just one or two areas, initially, based on market receptivity, ROI, and overall socio-economic benefits derived from simultaneously destroying waste and producing energy.
In 2016, we wrote up 3 solutions that showcase the larger global impact of our WTE combustor: For refugee camps, for destroying plastic, and as an alternative to landfill, especially in developing countries.