Sustainable waste-to-energy facility approved for construction in Tennessee

Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) member PHG Energy (PHGE) and the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, have signed a contract that will provide an environmentally sustainable method of waste disposal and produce green power in the process.The Lebanon plant will be similar in looks to the Covington Waste To Energy Plant

The waste-to-energy technology, which will go on line early next year, is a downdraft gasification plant that will cleanly convert up to 64 tons per day of blended waste wood, scrap tires and sewer sludge into a fuel gas that will generate up to 300Kw of electricity. The generation of this power will provide for the plant’s internal power needs as well as contribute electricity to the wastewater treatment plant where it will be located.

PHGE President Tom Stanzione said the Lebanon project will deploy what his company believes is the world’s largest downdraft gasifier and added, “This is the same basic technology we utilized in all our previous designs, and we have upgraded capacity and power density to accomplish a lot more gasification in what is not a lot more space.”

Lebanon process flow diagram (2)The plant is projected to keep more than 8,000 tons of material out of landfills each year – the equivalent of a line of trucks over four miles long. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced as well, keeping over 2,500 tons out of the atmosphere each year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, that equates to the CO2 produced annually to provide electricity to 312 homes, or the annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions from over 450 passenger vehicles.

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ORNL featured in CleanTechnica for new “science fridge”

TAEBC member Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was featured in CleanTechnica this week for one of its latest developments: a new energy-efficient refrigerator, thanks to a partnership between ORNL and global appliance innovator Whirlpool Corporation.

The goal of the project is to design an energy-efficient refrigerator that uses less than 1 kilowatt-hour daily. Today’s models range around 1.5 kilowatt-hours, so getting that down below 1 kilowatt-hour is a huge improvement.

According to the article, ORNL reps and Whirlpool already have an idea of how to get the product out of the lab and into your kitchen.

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TAEBC annual meeting RESCHEDULED for March 26, 2015

Save the date for TAEBC’S annual meeting on the afternoon of Thursday, March 26 in Nashville. (This event, originally set for Tuesday, February 17, was rescheduled due to inclement weather.)

Join us to discuss 2015 priorities and projects, including the first ever Tennessee Advanced Energy Economic Impact Report. This is our annual forum for members to provide feedback on our projects/priorities that foster the growth of Tennessee’s advanced energy jobs, companies and technologies. The annual meeting will conclude with a member/stakeholder happy hour.

Stay tuned for more info and click here to check back for event updates.

Genera Energy CEO makes Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy List

Kelly Tiller headshot croppedKelly Tiller, Ph.D., president and CEO of TAEBC member Genera Energy Inc., a recognized leader in industrial scale biomass feedstock supply, was named one of Biofuels Digest’s Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy. The annual Biofuels Digest’s Top 125 rankings are nominated and voted by the publication’s readers and editorial board.

Tiller is ranked number 69 on the Top 125 list, and 2015 marks the second time that she has been recognized on the list. This recognition signifies not only Tiller’s, but Genera’s level of excellence in the bioeconomy sector.

Click here to read Genera Energy’s news release.