Converting Landfill Waste to Electricity

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Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- John Hall, Managing Director at Waste2Tricity, discusses residual energy from landfills to create gas then electricity. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg)

The waste after the recyclables have been taken out.

There is a waste hierarchy and their is an importance of recycling.

What we are doing is recovering residual energy.

It is fed into a plasma gasis fier where you control the oxygen at a tremendously high temperature.

Rather than burning because you're controlling the oxygen it converts to an energy gas, the energy component.

You clean it up and at the moment what we are doing is putting that into internal combustion engine generators and gas turbines.

In the future, we are looking to use afc energies come out -- alkaline fuel cells by converting that into hydrogen.

How big can this actually become?

To me it makes complete sense.

This is what we should be looking at.

It depends.

On an individual project basis you are probably talking about a maximum of 350,000 tons a year.

There you are talking about let say 53 megawatts of electricity.

Once you move on to fuel cells, you are probably talking about and access of 60 or 70 watts -- megawatts of electricity.

I imagine you are talking to investors, potential governments or councils that would be interested in this.

Where have you gained the most interest?

The best market for us at the moment is thailand.

U.k., we are very keen to get a project.

We have a project in planning at the moment.

That is just coming to the end of its first stage.

The u.k. isn't particularly good environment for investment was there is not the certainty about what the government subsidies are going to deliver over the long term.

That puts investors off.

So you're basically focusing on thailand because of the subsidies or because there is more of an appetite?

There is an appetite but the government has got a very clear system of subsidies and place.

You also know what you're going to get.

You can actually do a business plan that tells people what their return is going to be in the long-term.

That is obviously much more attractive to an investor.

Is this more for remote areas?

No.

we talking about six different projects, a number of which are in bangkok.

That is where the waste is.

Areas of population.

How much of the cost to do a plant?

The plant which is being built at the moment, which we had a major part in setting up, they're quoting $350 million for 350,000 tons a year.

Very interesting.

We wish you luck.

Come back and give us an update.

John hall, managing director of waste2tricity.

Back to you, guy.

Thanks very much indeed.

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