CleanTech Biofuels, Inc. (CleanTech Biofuels) has demonstrated operational capability of its technology, which is used to convert municipal solid waste into clean, homogeneous biomass for energy production. The vessel processed a total of around 10 tons of garbage obtained from the City of Chicago. CleanTech Biofuels is now able to utilize its biomass for broad range of power generation rather than being limited to cellulosic ethanol production.

The biomass is being tested as a feedstock in energy conversion technologies, which are ready for commercialization. The company has acquired the patent for its new technology and settled its litigation with BioProducts International. CleanTech Biofuels is exploring various commercial options for the usage of its biomass.

“The successful operation of this vessel is the first step in constructing a commercial plant using clean biomass derived from garbage as a feedstock for energy production,” said Edward Hennessey, chief executive officer of CleanTech Biofuels. “In reaching this milestone, we have proven the viability of our patented technology to clean and separate municipal solid waste into its component parts and can move forward with our plans for commercialization.”

Hennessey continued, “With increasing political support for sustainable renewable energy, worldwide focus on carbon reduction and decreasing land availability, our biomass recovery process offers a compelling solution. Biomass we recover from municipal waste has a superior emissions profile to many other sources of fuel including coal and wood waste, can reduce landfill disposal by 80-90%, is technology agnostic for use of feedstock and produces renewable biomass for energy production using the existing infrastructure for collecting and disposing of garbage. In a market where energy demand continues to grow and the costs of handling waste continue to increase, we are well positioned to take another step towards our goal of bringing our technology to municipalities, solid waste haulers, and operators of landfills and materials recovery facilities.”