Cirque Energy, Inc. (OTC:EWRL), announced the signing of a development agreement for a project to install a 2.5 megawatt (MW) biomass gasification power plant to be known as the Midland Biomass Energy Station (MBES) in Midland, Texas. The project will be developed in conjunction with ReCom Operating Partners, a Midland urban wood waste recovery and recycling operation. Cirque Energy will install, operate and maintain the plant, which is expected to be operational by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The MBES will sell the renewable electricity generated by the project through the deregulated Texas utility market under a multi-year power purchase agreement.
Cirque Energy is working in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation to bring to market a Deployable Gasification Unit (DGU) that can use solid waste to provide fuel or supplement traditional fuels used to generate combined heat and power (CHP). For the MBES project, four DGUs will work in parallel to process the urban wood waste to generate clean, renewable electrical energy.
“The Midland Texas project will allow us to rapidly bring to market our DGU technology. We are excited about the opportunity to place 4 units into service which will quickly allow us to gain commercial operating hours on the systems,” said Richard L. Fosgitt, Cirque’s Vice President of Engineering and Technology.
Small-scale gasifiers using pure biomass (i.e. ground wood, wood pellets, etc.) are not new or unique. The DGU however will be able to use more difficult fuels which could include combinations of typical garbage/MSW, waste wood, dunnage, cardboard, plastics, mixed paper, food wastes, etc.
Traditionally, some waste fuels have been difficult to burn because of the release of contaminates into the air. Much of the waste currently going to landfills are carbon based and have a high heat content that when treated or processed properly can be converted to energy. Quite simply, the DGU has the potential to revolutionize the waste industry by reducing the volume of material being shipped to landfills, and, at the same time, producing a clean, reliable form of renewable energy.