Solid Waste Desctruction System (SWDS) for Small Contingency Base Camps
The disposal of solid waste at small contingency camps increases the burden of logistical support and detracts from the military mission. Present methods of waste disposal consume fuel and have negative environmental effects. Gasification provides a method to reduce the waste disposed of to a landfill by 95 percent and is energy exporting. Gasification systems being developed by the Army for battalion scale camps use preprocessing of the solid waste for size reduction, drying and densification, which are energy, size and weight intensive. Although gasification reactors can easily be scaled down for use in small contingency camps, smaller preprocessing subsystems are not available in commercial grade to meet the ruggedness and low maintenance requirements of the Army. Infoscitex proposes to develop an energy exporting batch gasification system without preprocessing to maximize waste destruction from small Army contingency base camps generating up to 600 lbs/day of mixed solid waste. The focus of the Phase I test program will be to obtain data on a prototype 480 lb/day size system. IST Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infoscitex, and developer of a commercial size gasification system, will be the commercialization partner of IST and will provide design expertise on the proposed program.
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