Decentralized Energy Generation from Waste and the Revitalization of Forgotten
Manufacturing Hubs: Industrial Waste-to-Energy
Jonathan Beirn, COO, Green Worldwide
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 alter air permitting needs on most sites. 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 boom for small towns and for environmentally responsible manufacturing as a whole.
Jonathan Beirn, the COO of Green Worldwide, has spent nearly a decade working with developing small-scale, highly-efficient thermalytic oxidation to many communities globally, and is now focused on the US. Working closely with manufacturers and utilities, Jonathan is developing a path for multiple technologies to help make sustainable energy projects fiscally responsible. The key to scaling renewable energy is in the CFO's office, and we now have the technology to make a green decision easy.