Plasco Energy Group Inc. has begun construction on a commercial plasma gasification plant in the City of Ottawa, Ontario. The facility will demonstrate a technology that uses and electric arc to convert some 85 tonnes per day of municipal waste into syn gas. The process occurs in a sealed system that produces no air emissions. The syn gas will power engines to generate four megawatts of electricity (enough to power 4,600 households). The process also produces a solid glass-like material that can be used in aggregate products.
In terms of financing, $6.6 million of the $27 million project came from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) (www.sdtc.ca), a foundation created by the government of Canada to stimulate the development of clean technogies. The balance comes from a consortium led by Plasco that includes the City of Ottawa and HERA Holdings S.A.
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