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Award for Plasma Gasification Project on Remote Canadian Islands

30 May 2012

Montreal based plasma gasification technology developer, PyroGenesis Canada (TSXV: PYR) has received the Association pour ledeveloppement de la recherche et de l’innovation du Quebec’s (ADRIQ) 2012 Coup de C?ur award for Partnership and Innovation, for its integrated waste management plan for the of Iles-de-la-Madeleine group of islands.

Each year the ADRIQ honours technological collaborations between Quebec researchers, entrepreneurs and their partners with the intent of encouraging the creation of new partnerships which will lead to innovative commercial achievements.

The company said that the project was geared towards finding a solution to waste management challenges facing the municipality.

According to Joel Arseneau, mayor of the municipality of Iles-de-la-Madeleine, waste management is a major challenge in the archipelago.

The goal of the award winning project was to evaluate the potential for developing and implementing two coupled state of the art waste management technologies, namely PyroGenesis’ Plasma Resource Recovery System (PRRS) and a bio-methanization process.

Pyrogenesis said that the technology that it is providing combines the plasma gasification and vitrification which is able to convert unsorted waste into energy and usable by-products.

The main objective of process is to convert nearly all of the processed waste into heat, electricity and a slag that can be used as a construction material.

“This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of pairing these technologies for remote communities such as Iles-de-la-Madeleine,” explained Pierre Carabin, PyroGenesis’ chief engineer.

According to Arezki Tagnit-Amou a Civil engineering professor at Universite de Sherbrooke, the project is also exploring the use of slag as acimentious substitute in the production of concrete or granular material for road construction.”

The company added that the project has benefited from the system that it commissioned at the Hurlburt Field Air Force Base in Florida by carrying out additional certified emissions testing and to procure its partners with vitrified rock for advanced material testing at Universite deSherbrooke. (See WMW Story)

“PyroGenesis intends to demonstrate the advantages of this integrated waste management solution, which will enable isolated communities to manage their waste in a responsible, economic, and sustainable manner,” concluded Gillian Holcroft, PyroGenesis’ chief operating officer.

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