Municipal solid waste (MSW) is a waste that is comprised of household waste and commercial wastes collected by a municipality and dumped in landfills. Recyclable material represents one of five broad categories of MSW.
Electricity can be produced by burning MSW as a fuel. MSW power plants, also called waste to energy (WTE) plants, are designed to dispose of MSW and produce electricity as a byproduct of the incinerator operation. Burning MSW can generate energy while reducing the volume of waste by up to 90 percent, an environmental benefit. Burning MSW in WTE plants produces comparatively high carbon dioxide emissions, a contributor to global climate change.
We have successfully tested MSW (paper) with positive results. Our technology is capable of reducing the MSW by 90 percent while producing usable gases that can be used to generate electricity. There are two significant points that make GRC's technology a better option over WTE plants, with the most important being emissions. Since we operate in an oxygen starved environment, we eliminate the concerns with emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Another advantage is the minimal amount of energy that our process utilizes to gasify the waste and generate the electricity.