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    The two companies have helped to develop a project to produce electricity from waste material using GE’s Clean Cycle Heat-To-Power generator GE Power & Water and Nashville-based PHG Energy have successfully collaborated in a project to produce electricity from waste material using GE’s Clean Cycle heat-to-power generator.

    The generator is manufactured by GE Power & Water and is used around the world to convert waste heat into electricity. The system developed by the two companies, called the PHG Energy (PHGE) begins with the gasification of waste wood chips or other biomass in order to produce a clean-burning producer gas which is then combusted in a heating unit supplying the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) with the thermal source it needs to operate efficiently thereby generating enough electricity to supply around 50 homes.

    “This system integrates three proven technologies: GE's heat-to-power generator, PHG Energy's gasifier and a standard heat exchanger” said PHG Energy President Tom Stanzione. “The project is simple and elegant in its straightforward design, capable of operating on multiple and varied waste streams, and offers operating costs far below existing waste-to-energy generation systems in the marketplace.”

    The combined GE and PHGE project is being conducted in Gleason, Tennessee, at a facility owned by Boral Brick Corporation. The plant is currently available for use by the project due to closure as a result of the US recession and its impact...

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    The inflexible land policy of chief minister Mamata Banerjee may actually generate some electrical energy for her state. Faced with a situation where it cannot procure about 247 acre land required for setting up a new garbage dump, in a last-ditch effort, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has turned to companies that turn garbage into power to get rid of the 3,500 tonnes of waste that the city generates.

    The current 88-acre dump at Dhapa is overflowing and is unfit for further use. KMC is at its wits’ end on how to deal with the solid waste generated by the city as it simply can’t find an alternative site though the search has been going on for well over five years.A desperate KMC had floated tenders inviting ‘expressions of interest’ for setting up ‘waste-to-energy’ (WTE) plants and three companies have responded to them.

    “The WTE project would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent environmental damage from landfills and provide reliable renewable energy,” member, mayor-in-council (solid waste management), KMC, Debabrata Majumder said. Though waste-to-energy projects have been discussed for years, no plant is operating in Bengal. “There are viability issues as the procedure is expensive,” said a KMC engineer.

    To reduce the cost, KMC is planning to supply the raw material — the garbage — free of cost to the companies that are finally selected for the project. KMC officials said that though three...

  • The McGill Daily » Clean energy: Ruse or Reality?

    Environment, Environmental Design


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    Quebecers have long boasted about their virtuous path to clean energy. According to theMinistère des Ressources naturelles, 97 per cent of all electricity generated in Quebec is considered ‘green.’ The province has established itself as a global leader in hydroelectricity, and more recently as a major pioneer in wind energy.

    On May 14, tech entrepreneur and McGill alumnus, Lorne Trottier, officially announced his latest contribution to higher education and science at the “Toward a 100% Clean-Energy Quebec” conference held at École Polytechnique de Montréal.

    The conference kicked-off Trottier’s newest endeavour, L’Institut de l’Énergie Trottier (IET) atÉcole Polytechnique, mirroring his venture last year, McGill’s equivalent Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED). As innovative think tanks, both IET and TISED tackle our future energy sector challenges through education, research, and community outreach, aiming to teach sustainability to Quebec’s next generation of engineers and scientists.

    Established in 2010 as a partnership between the Trottier Family Foundation, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP) takes the initiative to answer today’s hottest questions surrounding the reduction of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The project serves as a catalyst for progress in Canada’s energy sector by promoting various...