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Plasma Gasification Contract Extended by U.S. Air Force

17 May 2012

The U.S. Air Force has extended the first option period of its 18 month contract with Montreal based PyroGenesis Canada – a specialist in using plasma torches for waste gasification and energy recovery.

According to the company, under its contract with the U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron (1 SOCES) it will operate, maintain and collect operations data on its Plasma Resource Recovery System (PRRS) at the Air Force’s base in Hurlburt Field, Florida.

PyroGenesis said that it designed and manufactured the PRRS, which uses plasma to convert waste into energy and other usable products.

The system began operational testing at the Florida Air Force base late last year.

The contract includes three sequential option periods. The first option period of performance began on October 1, 2011 and has now increased from 7 to 9.25 months in length. The second option period is five months; and the third option period is for six months.

The company said that the 10.5 ton (9.5 tonne) per day facility at the Air Force’s base in Florida is designed to convert solid wastes into energy and reusable by-products.

Specifically, it combines the advanced processes of plasma gasification and vitrification into one system to further break down solid waste into molecular components for use as a fuel to an internal combustion engine to produce electricity.

The company said that it believed the technology at the Hurlburt Field, Florida site to be the only commercial plasma gasification facility in North America that has successfully demonstrated the ability to convert unsorted municipal solid waste into electricity.

“This extension allows us to make additional improvements to our plasma waste to energy technology while further validating its performance in a commercial, land-based setting,” explained P. Peter Pascali, president and CEO of PyroGenesis.

The objective will be to operate the PRRS system 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a continuous, cost-effective and efficient manner, according to the plasma specialist.

The total value of the contact is approximately $2.73 million.

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