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[NEWS] Biomass Gasification Facility Opens in Lebanon, Tennessee

– by Andy Humbles, October 14, 2016, The Tennessean

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New Lebanon Biomass Gasification (Photo: The Tennessean)

Lebanon has started operating its downdraft gasification plant on Hartmann Drive that officials say will eventually divert more than 8,000 tons of waste going to landfills a year.

The approximate $3.5 million facility opened this week, according to Lebanon project manager Scott McRae, and will convert waste wood, tires and sewer sludge to electricity to help power the city’s wastewater treatment plant. A percentage of the converted waste also becomes a high carbon biochar to be recycled or sold for agricultural or industrial uses.

The Lebanon City Council approved a contract in 2015 with PHG Energy to build the plant, which now is operating on a limited basis with plans to “ramp up” in the coming months, McRae said.

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