New Planet Energy will produce four products:
1. Recyclables: Cardboard, HDPE plastics, PET bottles, steel cans/metal, aluminum, mixed glass and mixed metals will be extracted from the incoming waste stream, separated, washed, bundled and sold to manufacturers who will reuse these materials to make new products.
2. Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF), also called RenuFuel: SRF is a fossil fuel replacement with a a 10,000 BTU energy content per ton. Half of the SRF will be fed into NPE's steam reformer to produce syngas, which then will move through the Fischer-Tropsch and Fuel Upgrading steps to produce renewable, sulfur-free diesel transportation fuel (see #s 3 and 4 below). The other half will be sold to utilities and other power producers as a substitute for using fossil fuels to produce power.
The SRF is made up of the materials that cannot be recycled, with rocks, dirt, broken ceramic pieces and other non-combustibles removed. SRF is largely composed of non-recyclable paper, plastic films, textiles, wood and other organics that are dried and shredded into 2-inch scrap or compacted into pellets. It can be produced to a range of specifications to meet customer requirements.
Refuse derived fuel (RDF) is similar to SRF. It is made in a similar manner and looks much the same. However, it has a lower caloric value since the wastes used to produce RDF are not tested in real time and proportionately adjusted during production to ensure high energy content, consistent quality and compliance with customer specifications.
The environmental and economic benefits of using SRF as a fossil fuel replacement are significant: (a) it helps preserve natural resources and reduce emissions; (b) it reduces the need to mine natural resources, such as virgin coal deposits, and ship them around the world; (c) materials that would otherwise be lost forever in landfills are put to good use as a sustainable fuel; and (d) solid recovered fuel is helping utilities and cement producers to achieve a fuel substitution rate of over 70 per cent, significantly reducing the impact that their operations have on the environment.
3. Power: Gasification occurs in a closed vessel at high temperatures, which turns the SRF into a syngas stream that must then be cooled. This heating and cooling produces stream, which can be used to run turbines and produce power. Virtually all of the power produced through this process will be used to run the recycling and biofuel facilities, greatly reducing the amount of outside power that will be needed.
4. Sulfur-Free Renewable Diesel Fuel: This fuel will operate exactly like and will be almost indistinguishable from its petroleum counterpart, except that it has 25 benefits that no petroleum product or other alternate fuel can match.