APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The proprietary MaxWest Gasification System provides a revolutionary processing option for municipalities. The system captures and recycles the energy in residual materials and eliminates the need for large amounts of fossil fuel consumption as well as the need for unsustainable disposal options. Furthermore, the MaxWest Gasification System separates and recycles the water contained in the biosolids, as opposed to sending the wet material to landfill where the water will leach over time. Finally, the resultant ash material from the process has high phosphate content, making it a useful fertilizer additive. The result is a process that is closed loop and sustainable over the long term.
MaxWest partners with municipalities and private wastewater treatment providers to construct on-site processing facilities using the MaxWest Gasification System. In Plymouth, Maine and Guangdong Province, China, the Company has partnered with a private wastewater treatment provider and a municipality, along with local engineering firms, to build the facilities. A local engineering firm in China sought out MaxWest for its technology given the regulatory imperative in China for sustainable wastewater treatment practices. The two MaxWest facilities will provide a sustainable method for the management of biosolids waste and will avoid landfilling the waste.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Implementation steps: Includes signing of the LOI, Definitive Documents, Permitting and Engineering, Construction and Equipment Procurement, Testing, and Commissioning and Commercial Operation. The Company is led by a management team that has prior experience in the wastewater treatment sector, providing the credibility to construct and operate the facilities on a long-term basis.
Timeline: Once the definitive documents are complete, the Company will place orders for equipment in late 2011 or early 2012. Following the equipment orders and permitting process, construction generally requires 12 months. The commercial operating dates of the facilities are expected to be in the fourth quarter of 2012. MaxWest has secured a favorable ruling from the State of Maine EPA regarding its air emissions profile and will complete other permitting requirements in Maine and China prior to construction.
Deliverables: The deliverables for tracking progress can be divided into pre-construction items, construction deliverables, and operating metrics. The pre-construction items include completion of the definitive agreement, received permits, and signed EPC agreement for construction of the facility. The construction deliverables include ordered equipment, testing reports for facility commissioning, and successful commercial start-up. The operating metrics, following commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2012, include monthly processing volumes, monthly fertilizer additive produced, and monthly benefits such as tons of landfill material avoided and fossil fuels avoided.
Wastewater treatment in the US and globally requires large amounts of fossil fuel energy inputs and requires disposal pathways for residual materials - through land filling, land application, or incineration - that are unsustainable and often environmentally harmful. Municipalities spend 30 to 50% of the water & wastewater treatment cost on biosolids treatment/disposal. Additionally, traditional disposal methods throw away the sizeable energy content of residual materials, as well as the significant amount of water in the material.
Currently, municipalities and private wastewater treatment providers are facing the twin challenges of limited disposal options for biosolids coupled with rising economic costs for biosolids processing. In the US, the three disposal methods that account for over 90% of biosolids disposal are each under pressure: incineration is facing increasing emissions regulation; land application is facing regulatory scrutiny due to run-off, in addition to public concerns; and landfills have finite capacity. The energy requirements for certain treatment methods are challenging due to high fossil fuel costs, as well as volatility in fossil fuel prices. All of these factors are limiting the traditional methods for biosolids management while increasing costs to municipalities.
SEEKING: Implementing Partners, Media/Marketing Opportunities
Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms that can bring experience in the roll-out and construction of the additional MaxWest facilities.
OFFERING: Best Practice Information, Other
MaxWest would be pleased to work with companies in the wastewater and waste-to-energy sectors to collaborate on best practices and policy initiatives.
As MaxWest progresses into the implementation of the China project, the company continues to seek experienced implementing partners.