The Use of a Barge-Mounted Conversion Technology to Produce Power from Plastic Waste
Dr. Adam Aleksander, Vice President, Precision Energy Services, Inc. and President, Plastics to Power, Inc.
For many years Precision Energy Services Inc. (Hayden ID USA) operated a very successful facility dedicated to eliminating unwanted plastic waste for major producers such as Dupont and Agfa, while maintaining strict emission standards. This same Conversion Technology (CTtm) is used in other paper and waste sludge and plastic processing today. PtPtm Energy Systems is adapting this same process to a large barge mounted system that can today provide wide regional elimination of marine debris, coastal plastic thrash, biomass, and municipal non-recyclables, while producing 5 MW power, clean desalinated water, and industrial heat to shore-side communities. The system is self sustaining, compact, available now, and benefits communities while paying for itself, with global application. The PtPtm System can be located in an inlet or estuary, and with local collection skiffs, skimmers and regional barges can service a wide area. Multiple barges can be deployed to address concentrations of coastal marine debris. Recognizing that widely dispersed plastic is a different issue, this PtPtm System stems the flow of thrash from land to ocean, by directly intercepting the waste streams from troubled refuse collection sites. The technology is adaptable to difficult conditions, with common industrial grade components, and minimal maintenance requirements. Additional benefits include tourism enhancement, local employment, environmental cleanup, and relief for local waste handling.
Dr. Adam Aleksander is a Mechanical and Industrial Engineer, with degrees from San Jose State Univ., Univ. of Colorado, and a PhD from Texas A&M Univ. and is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple States. During a career spanning 50 years, he has significant experience in material handling, process energy systems, biomass boilers and STG's, and investigative forensic engineering. He has worked extensively in Asia, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, and most recently Indonesia in support of power energy projects. This experience led to the recent concept of a barge-mounted processor, adapted to developing country challenges. Many plans are offered to help mitigate the deleterious effects of waste plastic, but few are practical, or available now, or with technology that is both robust, effective and cost-effective. Dr. Aleksander strongly believes this concept is the optimal strategy for eliminating coastal marine debris and related land waste, while benefitting local communities and the host country. In his presentation Dr. Aleksander will also address the economics, emissions, and functional challenges of eliminating waste non-recyclables, and the key FMCG aspect of the massive future flow of plastics into all communities, globally, while the circular economy evolves.