WASTE TREATMENT & BIOCONVERSION

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Bioconversion Reduces Garbage and Carbon Emissions



Israeli companies are pioneers in bioconversion, generating power from biomass, from the two kilograms of garbage that the average person in the western world produces each day.

Turning Garbage into Fuel
energy, while polluting the atmosphere. However, Arrow Ecology has developed an innovative biological treatment, which recycles glass, metals and plastics and produces rich Methane Biogas from the biodegradable waste. The company operates a plant for the Tel Aviv Municipality and facilities in Australia and has contracts for plants in Spain, the U.S. and Mexico.
Israeli startup TGE Tech, has developed and patented a system whereby refuse can be converted into fuel with a special patented device that turns garbage into gas - syngas, a well-known element that has some of the properties of gas, oil and coal. Another startup EST (Environmental Systems and Technology) has developed a device using plasma technology that almost completely destroys the waste, converting it into water and carbon dioxide, which is released into the atmosphere through a vent, or into materials that can be recycled by the industry. These systems can also help dispose of hazardous waste – an otherwise expensive process in itself. Eco-Safe serves as a leading consultant in the handling of hazardous materials and waste management.

Solid Treatment Technologies
Environmental Energy Resources (EER) develops and operates cost-effective plasma-based thermal treatment technology for advanced application purposes, for environmentally friendly solid-waste management solutions. These solutions are ideal for the treatment of municipal solid waste management, medical waste, low and medium level radioactive waste, municipal effluent sludge and industrial waste. The company’s revolutionary utilization of plasma technology is achieved using EER’s proprietary design, which includes three key features: a single reactor; continuous one-step process, and utilization of generated syngas to generate an electricity surplus.
Other companies developing solid treatment technologies include: Pure Fire Technologies, which has developed a new method for rapid incineration of solid waste with minimal contamination. The company has developed a new concept of waste combustion that is more environmentally friendly and less costly than conventional methods.
Applied CleanTech, which has spent six years developing its integrated sewage recycling solution, which produces a material known as Recyllose, recently signed a cooperation agreement with US biofuel firm Qteros.

Agricultural Waste
In the area of agricultural waste, PPSV focuses on the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol processing agricultural waste to produce bio-fuel ethanol, as fuel alternative.
With the policies of the US and EU in encouraging farmers to grow bio-fuel crops such as corn backfiring by causing global food prices to rise, Israel’s Vulcani Institute is in the forefront of developing optimal seeds for such plants as Jatropha and Castor, which can be grown on marginal land, which would otherwise not be used for food. Another direction in this area is the use of algae for producing biofuels, exploiting their super-efficient photosynthesis capabilities. SeamBiotic and Algaetech are two Israeli startups investigating the production of biofuels from algae, while Global Biodiesel is developing less expensive ways of growing algae for biodiesel in agricultural infrastructures.

Reducing Emissions
Citrine, founded in 2006, is developing systems to convert biogas generated by landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and other sources into high-value natural gas, which can be used to power natural gas vehicles. The technology slashes emissions of greenhouse gases from landfills and sewage works, and also halves nitrogen oxide emissions by vehicles that use the fuel and cuts particulate matter emissions by more than 70%.
Cleantech start-up EmefCy is in advanced talks to run a pilot of its technology for the production of electricity from biological wastewater treatment, at the plant of a leading Israeli pharmaceutical company Combating Air Pollution
In the area of air pollution, Vortex, established by immigrants from the former Soviet union, have developed systems for power stations and oil and gas platforms, which cost effectively reduce pollution in the air particles and acid rain causing SOX given off by the facilities.