The major thrust of EDCI Clean Energy Solutions is the conversion of waste and other carbonaceous materials into synthesis gas, liquid fuels and/or electricity. Depending upon the specific solution needed, EDCI works to establish a sound partnership that provides the right combination of cutting-edge technologies and expert project management.
The advantages of using EDCI Clean Energy Solutions to convert carbonaceous materials and hydrocarbons into synthesis gas, liquid fuels and/or electricity are that:
– Nothing hazardous ever goes into the ground, and practically no pollutants go into the air (emissions are well below all California EPA requirements). Through a proprietary “closed loop” system using super-low NOx burners and advanced thermal distillation technology developed by ACTi, our processes provide clean energy solutions that are more efficient and environmentally-friendly than any competitor’s.
– Processing of variable waste/organic streams through standard and proprietary processes (e.g. automated recycling of metals, autoclaving of municipal solid waste, etc.), provide for a much greater efficiency in the clean energy process, including the storage of gasification feedstock and produced fuels, as well as the concurrent gasification of multiple carbonaceous materials (e.g. coal, municipal solid waste, agricultural and animal waste, sewage sludge, used tires, waste plastics, medical waste, etc.)
– Outputs are (1) synthesis gas, or syn-gas (CO+H2), which is either chemically converted to synthetic carbon-based fuels, or combusted in engines or turbines to generate electrical power using other available technologies, and (2) residue (i.e. any dirt, rocks, glass or ash not consumed in the gasification process) which can be used as a fertilizer additive, or converted into a superior concrete-like building material by mixing it with a geopolymer chemical binder.
– Synthetic sulfur-free # 2 diesel fuel, other liquid fuels including ethanol, and/or electricity is produced below current market value, and with the capacity to be generated in different proportions and times depending upon specific energy needs.
– Modular engineering, built-in redundancy of key modules, and common maintenance and replacement parts, limit down-time and allow nearly 100% energy production capacity.
EDCI Clean Energy Solutions for municipal solid waste involve initial processing with proprietary technologies from trusted strategic partners to sterilize the waste stream while separating recyclable ferrous and non-ferrous metals, resulting in a sterile and automatically sorted homogeneous feedstock for subsequent gasification.
Following initial processing as needed for the specific carbonaceous material at hand, EDCI Clean Energy Solutions further utilize proprietary gasification and gas-to-liquefaction technologies from ACTi. While many new technologies in the recycling field have emerged with increases in the cost of petroleum products and concerns over global warming, ACTi processes by comparison are considered more versatile in that they convert numerous waste streams at a much lower capital and operating cost. Notably, ACTi processes also have direct commercial and operating experience with tires, medical waste, agricultural waste, MSW, coal, and waste plastic.
ACTi manufactures an advanced commercial thermal distillation system (see figure) to convert various waste materials as noted to highly valuable commodities. ACTi’s thermal distillation process was designed to specifically address the short-comings of previous technologies and involves the thermal decomposition of organic matter at temperatures sufficient to gasify organic material under a slight vacuum and in the absence of oxygen. As the temperature increases, vapors flow out of the reaction chamber and are further processed into syn-gas which then undergoes a gas-to-liquefaction process that creates synthetic carbon-based fuel as a clean energy resource. Alternatively, the cleaned syn-gas produced by the system can be combusted directly in a turbine or engine to produce electricity.
ACTi’s advanced recycling technology consists of a “closed loop” reaction chamber heated with super-low NOx burners. ACTi’s patented super-low NOx burner system is considered the most efficient in the world for low NOx emissions. The entire system is designed so that no raw gases can be released to the atmosphere.