When Floyd Trotter
sees wood waste at the landfill, he
"It's just criminal that they're burying it," he
said. Trotter, president of Beaufort Energy Solutions Inc., made a presentation to the Comox-Strathcona Regional District last week, pitching the idea of burning wood waste through a process called "gasification" to generate electricity.
The process would reduce the amount of solid waste going into the landfill and would also reduce the amount of methane gas produced by the landfill.Plus, a generator could have the potential to generate five megawatts of electricity, enough to power up to 5,000 homes.
"It's one of those things whose time has come," Trotter
said of the project."Everywhere we go and talk to people, they agree it's time past due."
The generator would not be used to extract and burn methane gas from the landfill, although the project has the potential for the ability to be added later, Trotter
said.The project he
is proposing is strictly meant to burn waste wood. Trotter
, who lives in the Comox Valley, would like to work with the regional district in a public-private partnership.He
wants the regional district to allow him access to the Campbell River
and Pigeon Lake landfills, where he
would build generators to burn wood waste.
In return, he
project would have a positive effect on the environment, extend the life of the landfill and provide more electricity to BC Hydro to power Vancouver Island.
Trotter's generator would use technology licenced from Energy Quest Inc.
, a Nevada-based company.He
would pay a percentage of his
profits to Energy Quest
in exchange for using the company's technology.He
would also pay Energy Quest
the construction costs of the plant plus 15 per cent, as well as consulting fees for engineering services, technical assistance and training services. Energy Quest
was known as Syngas until May 31 this year.Syngas was known as Fairchild International Corporation until Jan. 4, 2006.However, the Mirror incorrectly reported last week that Fairchild International Corp.
was an international manufacturer of mining equipment.That is a different Fairchild International Corp. from the one involved with this project. Energy Quest
, the company formerly known as Fairchild International Corp., is headed by Wilf Ouellette and has not yet built a working generator in B.C. However, Trotter
claimed the company is working on a demonstration generator which could be installed on the back of a flatbed truck and driven from community to community to show its capabilities.He
expected it to be popular in communities with an abundance of trees killed by pine beetles. Trotter
has been told by Energy Quest
that the demonstration generator could be running by the end of November.