InEnTec Forms Waste-To-Gas Partnership

Renewable energy — By on October 31, 2008 at 10:10 am
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On Monday, October 27, 2008, Bend, Oregon-based InEnTec LLC announced that it has formed a subsidiary company with a Chicago firm, Lakeside Energy LLC, to build waste-to-gas facilities for chemical industry in the United States. The new subsidiary, called InEnTec Chemical LLC, will first construct a facility at Dow Corning‘s Michigan plant that will convert chlorinated chemical waste from the silicon giant into 10 million pounds of reusable chlorine and 11 million British thermal units (BTUs) per hour of synthetic natural gas (also known as SNG, or substitute natural gas). That’s a lot of recycled waste!

InEnTec’s joint venture involves up to $150 million in private investment from Lakeside Energy . Over time, the partners hope that the deal will lead to the construction of as many as 100 new facilities like the one that will be developed at Dow Corning. Just think of all the environmental benefits that will result from making waste-to-gas! Not only will potentially harmful waste products be kept out of landfills and/or away from other disposal facilities, but the creation of millions of units of BTUs from the very products that would otherwise be polluting the earth definitely brightens my day.
Lakeside’s CEO, William Johnson, summarized the beauty of waste-to-gas technology quite simply:
Chemical process industries are recognizing the value of sustainability strategies and are seeking technologies that can minimize their environmental footprint and recover value from their waste streams that historically have been a cost burden to them.
Employing the new technology is not only good for the environment, it will help the economy. 1978369544 d44c1d8d69 m InEnTec Forms Waste To Gas PartnershipInEnTec (formerly Integrated Environmental Technologies LLC) moved its headquarters to Bend, Oregon this year. The company has already hired three new employees as a result of the new waste-to-gaspartnership. InEnTec will continue to hire over the next two years, including the addition of lucrative engineer positions.
InEnTec is leading the way in reducing levels of dangerous and landfill-clogging waste and recycling it into usable, renewable energy. Recently, the company announced a deal to license its Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) technology to a firm that will use it to turn municipal waste into ethanol in Reno, Nevada. This will result in the creation of 10.5 million gallons of ethanol per year and – even more astounding – recycling over 90,000 ton of municipal solid waste that would otherwise go into a landfill each year.
How will you, our reader, be affected by this cutting edge technology? For starters, the conversion of waste-to-gas will allow for less drilling in sensitive environmental areas for “pipeline quality” natural gas. The recycling of dangerous waste products like chlorinated chemical waste into useable products will reduce health risks that may result from burying or otherwise disposing of toxic waste (i.e., leaching into ground water, etc.) Even the Enviromental Protection Agency recognizes SNG as “chemically similar in most respects to natural gas,” and that “It may easily be substituted for, or interchanged with, pipeline quality natural gas.”
We’d like to hear what you have to say about the waste-to-gas joint venture! Please share your thoughts, concerns and comments below.
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4 Comments

  1. Brian Ahern says:

    This technology is all smoke and mirrors. The plasma state reduces molecules to lower energy states. It can never profitably convert waste into clean gas. It violates the second law of thermodynamics. This is a case of using a parlor trick to bilk the unwitting.

    Plasma scientists will do anything to support theri life long interest in a technology with little real world applications.

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