A new type of waste processing technology could change the way Sooke looks at the way it deals with sludge, solid waste and organics.
It’s called gasification, in which heat and steam, pull apart molecules of solid materials and converts them into gases. Those gases contain energy, like hydrogen, carbon monoxide and volatile hydrocarbons.
When gasified, those items pass on to an internal combustion engine capable of generating 500 kW of electricity and 790 kW of heat. The result is emissions similar to that of a natural gas boiler.
The idea was pitched to Sooke council by Pivotal IRM Inc., a B.C-based company specializing in renewable waste technology.