Decentralized Energy Generation from Waste and the Revitalization of Forgotten
Manufacturing Hubs: Industrial Waste-to-Energy
Dake Haase, P.E., Project Manager, SCS Engineers
Decentralized energy generation is a must as our energy needs increase and our infrastructure ages. We propose using the waste generated by industry to power manufacturing in current and former manufacturing hubs. Using advanced waste-to-energy technologies, it is possible to convert the waste stream of many factories into the energy required to run the facility onsite. One such technology, thermalytic oxidation, has been shown to be so efficient that it doesn't substantially alter air permitting source status in many situations. Moreover, when the reduction of trucks for offsite waste disposal and processing of waste is included, such technologies represent a major environmental win. Many small towns across the country are shells of their former industrial selves because energy access/cost have become prohibitive to new development. Bringing sensible small-scale, highly-efficient waste-to-energy to these areas would result in a boon for small towns and for environmentally responsible manufacturing as a whole.
As an SCS Project Manager, Mr. Haase prepares and submits air permit applications; waste water applications: NPDES, stormwater and SPCC plans; hazardous waste generator compliance plans; and all types of environmental compliance reporting for clients. He is particularly experienced at helping clients build sustainable health and safety cultures using training and positive behavior reinforcement with an emphasis on compliance and case management.