TROUBLE IN PARADISE
A solution for holistic waste management in Islands, Towns & Rural Locations
Management of waste is a global environmental issue with economic, social, and political trends that impose ever-increasing demands upon governments and business organizations to reduce and ultimately eliminate waste sent to landfill or incineration and reduce the carbon footprint of waste management processes, including transportation.
The world’s islands face particular challenges, whether in the Pacific, Indian, or Caribbean Oceans as they attract hundreds of millions of tourists each year, drawn by their natural beauty, unspoiled beaches and marine life. But all too often, behind the pristine images lie a growing range of pressing environmental problems.
Waste management in island communities is often a major problem throughout the developing world. Historically such countries have resorted to landfill, but increasingly this is becoming unacceptable and alternatives are being sought. After all, landfills are an eyesore, a health hazard and damaging to the environment. They occupy valuable land, blighted by millions of tons of mixed waste, rotting organics, plastics, glass, metal, fabrics, rubber and other materials, some of which may be hazardous. Contamination leaches into the soil, groundwater and very quickly into the sea. Methane gas which is produced damages the ozone layer.
As an example, the islands of the tropical archipelago of the Maldives generate about 365,000 tons of solid waste annually. In addition, sewage from the more densely populated areas is dumped untreated 200m offshore and currents often bring it straight back. The island of Thilafushi where much of the country’s raw waste ends up, is a growing environmental blight that successive governments have failed to tackle.
Unfortunately, to a greater or lesser degree, almost all tropical islands face similar issues. With plastic bottles, bags, food cans and other detritus floating from their shores and landfills blighting their landscape.
Such is the price of rising prosperity and population growth.
Such islands often also face challenges with the provision of electrical power. Whilst many island nations have achieved virtually 100% connectivity even to remote atolls, this is often via 100% dependency on diesel for other fossil fuels to power the generators that drive mini grid systems. This is a highly pollutant solution which contributes to the carbon emissions which are a direct factor in the rising sea levels caused by global warming which threaten the very existence of these islands.
Our proprietary gasification process does not require prior sorting of waste, does not produce harmful emissions and converts the feedstock into syngas (drives generator to produce electricity), ash (can be used in road construction) and water (which can be reclaimed).
ENERGY FROM WASTE (EfW)
Facing these twin challenges of waste management and the need to move away from fossil-fuel powered electricity, it is no surprise that there is increasing interest in energy from waste technology as one part of the solution.
WHY DECENTRALISE EfW STRATEGY
We believe that there are multiple benefits from pursuing a decentralized waste management strategy, not only for islands, but for mainland towns and rural populations throughout the developing world.
In these locations it is not feasible to build expensive static centralised EfW plant and the cost of transportation of waste to main city facilities is prohibitive, both financially and in terms of carbon footprint.
Our containerised EfW plants are fully modular meaning that we can design a solution to meet from 10 to 1000 tonnes of waste per day in a single location or multiple locations as necessary.
The modular plant design is far more efficient in terms of EfW conversion and the small footprint of the units means that they can be located right where the waste is produced, eliminating unnecessary transportation and handling costs. This all contributes towards a more secure energy supply.
This solution is fully scale-able. Each unit delivers 500KW from up to 12 tonnes of feedstock and the number of units can be increased and operated simultaneously according to the client’s energy or waste disposal requirements.
This is ideal for waste to energy projects from 100 upwards and can accommodate projects of several thousand tonnes per day with the ability to upsize or downsize in future depending on changing needs, and the ability to redeploy individual units to other locations if need.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
- Governments & Municipalities
- Agricultural Waste
- Food & Drink Manufacturers
- Hospitals and Prisons
- Large Hotels
- Business or Educational Campuses
- Airports & Shipping Terminals
- All Large-Scale Mixed Waste
- 100KW, 200KW and 500KW units available
SUMMARY OF BENEFITS
- Flexibility application in wide variety of situations.
- More efficient and less expensive
- Can be redeployed to different locations
- Can accommodate varying waste streams
- Community engagement and empowerment
- Lower level of operator ability required
- Multiple employment opportunities
- Reduced reliance on diesel-powered grid
- Eliminate problems associated with landfill
- Steady electricity generation output
- Supplements other sustainable energy solutions
- Rapid phased deployment
- Fully funded, turnkey solution (under LOI)