Ottawa to make energy from waste

This seems pretty cool on the surface. According to Technology Review, the Ottawa City Council has approved this new project:

Garbage In, Megawatts Out
Ottawa will build the first gasification facility in North America to make energy from waste.
By Peter Fairley

According to the article, “Rather than burning trash to generate heat, as with an incinerator, the facility proposed by Ottawa-based PlascoEnergy Group employs electric-plasma torches to gasify the municipal waste and enlist the gas to generate electricity.” They are estimating that it will take about three years to build, and the company is proposed to pay for the $125million start-up costs. Ottawa would still pay a standard “tipping fee” of $60 per metric ton of waste. The article doesn’t talk about where the plant would be.

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