"Tulare told us they'd like to be first," says Full Circle CEO Fred Furrow.
Tulare sought out the potential deal to site the company, the first such gasification plant that could turn landfill waste into energy, including biodiesel.
says the agreement amounts to a joint venture with the city that could "pay for itself in as little as four years."
Ideally, the plant would utilize the waste stream of all Tulare County cities and the county, potentially eliminating the need to keep the region's dumps open, he
will use patented technology that doesn't burn the waste, but uses super-hot temps from a plasma torch as a heat source inside a vessel without oxygen, eliminating any pollution problems, he
Among other problems, landfills generate lots of methane gas involved in global warming, says Furrow
To convince the other jurisdictions in the county to work with Tulare
on the plan, Tulare will huddle with the county's solid waste joint power authority to bring them into the mix since they all would profit from the arrangement, says Furrow
The process will also turn the tainted water of the water treatment plant into potable water, says Furrow
saying they are talking to a company which could take that water.
The plant would take up about eight acres on a 20-acre site, he
says, and take two years to build after all approvals were in place.
says the city will work with company to do an environmental impact report on the project before it gets the green light.
"The next step is to formalize our MOU," says Furrow
That will free up capital from a lender to do working drawings to design the plant, says an informed source.
Furrow says besides the planned Tulare facility they have been working with the City of Fresno on a similar project.
In addition, the company has big plans to use coal as a feedstock for planned eastern U.S. projects, turning coal into syngas without the harmful pollution and carbon dioxide generated from coal burning.
The efficiency of such gasification plants at 70 percent could help the nation cut foreign oil use by using the coal-fired power plants, that generate nearly half the nation's power and that are completely wired to the grid, rather than build all new wind plants forcing the extension of the grid in the rural areas of Texas, as TBoone Pickens suggests.
says there are over 1,400 coal-fired plants that could be saved with clean burning gasification technology.
says the firm is working with a major utility on a contract to do the first plant.