SANFORD, Fla., Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MaxWest Environmental Systems (www.maxwestenergy.com) today announced the mechanical completion and successful start-up of its second generation gasification technology, the MaxWest Biosolids Gasification System. MaxWest is a biosolids management and renewable energy company with a commercial process to convert wastewater residuals ("biosolids") into clean energy, creating long-term, sustainable solutions for municipal and commercial wastewater treatment facilities.
The second generation MaxWest Biosolids Gasification System is a significant advancement in the Company's technology. MaxWest developed the technology from concept to commissioning over the past eighteen months at its existing research & development facility. The upgraded system, now implemented at MaxWest's Sanford site, employs a proprietary gasifier with an integrated energy recovery process. The system configuration increases throughput by 40 percent and achieves higher energy conversion rates, both of which provide further benefits to customers in the form of improved energy generation and reduced operating costs.
"This new MaxWest design is a significant step forward in terms of thermal efficiency and reliability of biosolids gasification," said Steve Winchester, CEO at MaxWest Environmental Systems. "This technology improves the Sanford facility and provides a strong foundation for future projects for MaxWest."
MaxWest operates the only commercially-proven, dedicated biosolids gasification facility in the United States. The facility has served commercial customers since 2009, processing over 23,000 wet tons of biosolids. The proprietary biosolids gasification system applies a thermo-chemical conversion of the wastewater residuals to generate thermal energy. This renewable energy is then recovered to reduce or eliminate other energy sources, providing energy savings and biosolids destruction for customers.
The MaxWest Biosolids Gasification System offers a safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional biosolids management options: incineration, landfill, and land application. The disposal of biosolids is a growing burden on communities due to stricter permitting requirements, increased landfill tip fees, volatile energy prices, and high transportation costs—all of which create cost uncertainty. The MaxWest technology provides a sustainable and cost-effective biosolids management option and reduces the inlet volume by over ninety percent.
About MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.
MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc is the industry leader in gasification systems for the wastewater treatment industry. Based in Sanford, Florida, MaxWest's experienced management team is deploying a technology that revolutionizes the method by which municipalities and industry convert their waste into a resource, by reclaiming the energy contained in the historically wasted material and using it on-site. MaxWest is pursuing projects throughout the US and international markets, with a variety of business models including licensing the MaxWest Biosolids Gasification System as well as developing facilities that provide biosolids disposal services under the Design, Build, Own, Operate ("DBOO") model. Additional information can be found at the Company's website, www.maxwestenergy.com.
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