PHG Energy (PHGE) has received a contract with Sevier Solid Waste (SSWI) to build a new biomass gasification plant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, US.
Under the contract, PHG Energy will provide the gasifier, thermal oxidizer, material handling equipment and construct the facility as general contractor.
Designed to convert more than 30t of composted material daily into thermal energy, the waste-to-energy facility will also produce a valuable high-carbon biochar.
Planned to be developed by PHGE in partnership with ARiES Energy, the project is due to secure environmental permit and is scheduled to be commissioned in mid-2016.
SSWI director Tom Leonard said: "This new installation will help us reduce the amount of compost we need to transport by converting it into a biochar material, creating a new revenue stream for us.
"The energy from the gasification system will be used in a thermal oxidizer promoting odor control in the buildings and will allow us to defer other upgrades.
"This represents a significant savings from our current disposal and operating costs."
SSWI already operates garbage composting plant, which processes more than 100,000t of municipal solid waste to compost.
The facility sources the material from the Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The new biomass gasification plant project is backed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
The new biomass gasification plant project is backed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
Image: The new waste to energy plant will convert more than 30t of composted material a day into thermal energy. Photo: courtesy of PHG Energy LLC.