Ontario pumps $4M into Bryden's garbage-gasification project
The province will invest $4-million to help Plasco Energy Group turn garbage into energy through gasification.
Jim Watson, minister of health promotion, said Friday the money from the government's new $24-million Innovation Demonstration Fund will help get Plasco's Trail Road demonstration plant, estimated to be able to divert 85 tonnes of garbage a day from landfill waste into electricity, up and running.
Plasco already has a similar test plant in Spain, but the Ottawa facility will be used to test the homegrown technology on a larger scale.
The gasification process uses a sealed system which breaks down solid waste at an intense heat without burning it. The end products are a clean fuel used to generate electricity and a material that can be used to produce concrete and asphalt.
Plasco president Rod Bryden recently told the Citizen the gasification technology is better than incineration because it won't emit toxic chemicals such as dioxins and furans, and will still handle garbage at a reasonable cost.
The company expects to have the plant up and running by late May or early June.
The original article appeared in the Ottawa Citizen