U.S. Air Force awards PyroGenesis waste-to-energy contract

Montreal-based environmental company to operate and maintain Plasma Resource Recovery System in Florida.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Montreal — PyroGenesis Canada Inc. — an environmental solutions company that designs, develops and manufactures plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products — announced that the U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron (1 SOCES) entered into an 18-month contract with PyroGenesis to operate, maintain and collect operations data on its Plasma Resource Recovery System (PRRS) at the Air Force’s base in Hurlburt Field, Florida.

PyroGenesis designed and manufactured the PRRS, which uses plasma to convert waste to energy and usable products. The system began operational testing at the Florida Air Force base late last year.

The contract includes three sequential option periods. The first period of performance began on October 1, 2011 and is seven months in length. The second option period is five months; and the third option period is for six months. The total value of the contact is approximately $2.73 million.

The 10.5-ton per day facility at the Air Force’s base in Florida is a waste management and energy production system that is designed to convert solid wastes into energy and reusable by-products. Specifically, it combines the advanced processes of plasma gasification and vitrification into one system to further break down solid waste into molecular components for use as a fuel to an internal combustion engine to produce electricity. The objective will be to operate the PRRS system 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a continuous, cost-effective and efficient manner.

The Company believes the technology at the Hurlburt Field, Florida site is the only operating commercial plasma gasification facility in North America that has successfully demonstrated the ability to convert unsorted municipal solid waste into electricity.