Innovative Refinery to Turn Municipal Waste into High-Grade Fuel
by Paul Krajewski (High River Times) A waste diversion company is working toward constructing a one-of-a-kind clean refinery near High River to produce renewable diesel from landfill debris.
After years of research and development, Cielo Waste Solutions is set to use its environmentally advanced, propriety technology to turn municipal solid waste into high-quality fuel starting in late 2017, Don Allan, the company’s chief executive officer, said.
“We are the only ones that we know of in North America who take garbage and turn it into a high grade renewable diesel,” he explained. “Biodiesel is usually made with agricultural crops like canola, soybean, animal fowl and yellow grease, but we use cellulosic fibers, such as landfill garbage, trees, saw dust, rubber tires and all types of plastics.”
He said the plant will turn trash into fuel—every hour the facility will produce an estimated 18,000 litres of renewable diesel out of two tons of waste.
“We completely eliminate the landfill,” he said. “Typically, refineries have a lot of dangerous emissions and we have none—we are the cleanest refinery to ever be built in the world. We recycle everything we possibly can and there is no waste.”
Allan said the plant will be retrofitted to the $2.3 million facility formerly occupied by Western Biodiesel using technology similar to the company’s Red Deer demonstration plant. The retrofit will cost approximately $7 million, he added. READ MORE