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Waste Gasification Headed for Antarctica

CES Lockheed Martin Waste Gasification Headed for Antarctica

A view to the north from McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica. McMurdo Station is one of three year-round research stations that are supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program.   Credit: Jeff Scanniello

04 January 2012

Larkspur, Colorado based waste to energy firm, Creative Energy Systems (CES), has been awarded a subcontract by Lockheed Martin to supply its technology to the United States Antarctic Program, according to a report in Mason City’s Globe Gazette.

According to Lockheed Martin it has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to operate and maintain the support infrastructure for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) in a contract worth up to $2 billion.

Under the new contract, Lockheed Matin said that it will work with the NSF to implement a cost-effective, streamlined infrastructure for managing work stations and medical facilities, research vessels, construction projects and remote sites in and around Antarctica.

The corporation will also modernise technologies to transport scientists, staff and supplies to and from the Antarctic region.

The Globe Gazette’s report claimed that under its subcontract with Bethesda, Maryland based defence and technology systems giant, CES will deploy the same technology in Antarctica that it is planning to utilise its proposed waste to energy facility in Mason City, Iowa as well as its molecular separation technology.

According to the report the proposed $35 million gasification facility that would divert waste from landfill in north Iowa has sparked controversy, while the Mason City Zoning Board of Adjustment has granted CES a permit to operate so long as it meets 30 conditions.

The project must also be approved by the Landfill of North Iowa Board, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Alliant Energy and the Mason City Council, said the report.

The NSF said that over 3000 Americans participate each year in the program’s research and logistical activities, involving scientists as well as support personnel from the private sector and other Federal agencies that include the Department of Defense, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Energy.

Lockheed Martin will provide logistical support for research at McMurdo Station, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, and Palmer Station, as well as for field research on the continent and oceanographic research in the Southern Ocean.

The foundation added that the overarching USAP goal is to advance the scientific forefront when research conducted in Antarctica offers a special way forward.

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