We are lumping these fuels together for expediency, even though they have important differences. These fuels vary in the amount of hydrogen, methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other trace elements that are present.
Our landfills are filling and occupying an increasing amount of land area. As our garbage landfills grow they are spewing large amounts of methane and other harmful gases into our atmosphere. Current municipal solid waste levels (MSW) are expected to double world-wide by 2025. Current global MSW generation levels are approximately 1.3 billion tonnes per year and are expected to increase to approximately 2.2 billion tonnes per year by 2025.
HEC is an expert in using “alternative fuels” to produce power. We are one of a few companies that are able to use these fuels in the production of electricity and/or mechanical energy. It is necessary to evaluate the make-up of any potential fuel before designing a system. We continually are visiting with companies in the business of profiting from the productive use of the MSW resource to produce electricity and carbon based fuels.
Since these fuels typically have a low btu-value, we would normally use our large displacement engines, depending upon power level objectives. As our population grows and wastes accumulate in our landfills, there is an increasing need to find ways of reducing or at stabilizing the footprint of these important facilities. There is a saying that “everyone is in favor of a landfill, as long as it is in someone else’s backyard”. This saying speaks for itself and emphasizes that it is increasingly difficult to get public approval for the location of landfills.
We are increasingly receiving inquiries and orders for gensets that run on these fuels. Currently we are working with several companies that are successful in generating landfill gases from MSW. Again, we are able to help these companies profit, which will be the driving force to help clean up our environment. This is an area that we feel will be one of our major profit centers for HEC in the future.