Waste Management World article – Kelly Lake facility work starts

Gasification to Generate Power from Various Wastes in BC

WTEC Gasification to Generate Power from Various Wastes in BC06 February 2012

Vancouver based Waste to Energy Canada (WTEC), has been chosen to supply a biomass waste to energy system to the Kelly Lake Metis Settlement Society (KLMSS) community in British Columbia, Canada.

According to the company, the KLMSS President, Lyle Letendre has been working for many years towards creating sustainable jobs in clean technology for members of the society.

WTEC said that following a detailed, three year feasibility study and due diligence the first key steps of the waste to energy project are underway. Construction is expected to commence late in 2012.

A Waste Stream Characterization Study, funded by BC’s Forestry Product Innovations is about to get underway. According to the company, the study will provide data on the waste used as fuel for the biomass unit.

The company said that the technology it will deploy for this project is its 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.

It is planned that the facility will continuously convert waste into energy rich gas which will then be oxidised – releasing thermal energy. That energy is used to drive turbines to create electricity.

The primary feedstock is expected to come from forestry and industry clearances, as well as from pine beetle kill wood. Oil and gas operational wastes will act as secondary feedstock. The company said that both will also be analyzed to provide data used in designing the facility.

WTEC added that Municipal Solid Waste from Peace River District is also a potential supply of waste and the WTEC team is discussing best options with the administration team.

“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,” commented Letendre.

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