New Bedford facility will pilot company’s innovative waste gasification and renewable energy generation technology
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ze-gen, Inc., a clean energy company providing advanced gasification technology to convert waste streams into synthetic natural gas and low emissions electrical energy, is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of its newly constructed demonstration facility in New Bedford, MA. The facility is located at New Bedford Waste Services, LLC (NBWS) at 1245 Shawmut Avenue in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
“New Bedford is thrilled to welcome the Ze-gen facility to our community. The company strives to not only provide an environmentally preferable alternative to landfilling but also provides the City of New Bedford with job creation and opportunities for economic growth,” said Mayor Scott Lang of New Bedford. “We look forward to working with Ze-gen in the coming months as the facility’s technology and operations are tested, and down the road as they develop into a full-scale, full capacity facility.”
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded Ze-gen with operational permits at the end of 2006, which allow the demonstration plant to operate for 12 months. This limited-time operation will allow Ze-gen to collect all the data on the system and the resulting synthetic gas needed to design a full-scale facility, which the company would like to locate in New Bedford.
“Ze-gen’s gasification process is an important experiment in using an innovative technology and different feedstocks to generate clean energy,” said David Cash, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “We are eager to see the results of the test operations.”
“We are very excited to be launching our demonstration facility today in New Bedford,” said Bill Davis, President and CEO of Ze-gen. “This is the first step in testing the mechanics of our operation and will allow us to perfect our technology and position us for the launch of a full-scale facility. We’re encouraged to have such enthusiastic support from the City of New Bedford, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and other state entities, and we are thankful for everyone’s efforts in realizing this project.”
NBWS’s facility has been site assigned by the City of New Bedford and permitted by DEP to handle, process and transfer up to 1,500 tons per day of C&D material, municipal solid waste (MSW) and scrap tires.
About Ze-gen, Inc.
Ze-gen was founded in mid-2004 to develop and deploy advanced gasification technology which converts municipal waste streams into energy and other beneficial products such as synthetic natural gas with virtually zero emissions. In addition to the environmental problems associated with conventional means of waste disposal, there is considerable energy content in ordinary waste streams such as construction and demolition debris and municipal solid waste. Industry data suggests that in the United States alone, over 50,000 megawatts of latent energy potential is unexploited every year as these waste streams are buried in landfills. Ze-gen is poised to be the market leader in the environmentally friendly re-purposing of these waste streams into renewable energy. For more information and a multimedia glimpse of the future, visit www.ze-gen.com.
Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications
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