– by Andy Humbles, October 14, 2016, The Tennessean
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.
– January 19, 2016, Renewable Energy from Waste
Officials in Rutherford County, Tennessee, who rely on a privately owned landfill for municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal, say they are considering waste-to-energy (WTE) alternatives as that landfill draws closer to reaching its capacity.
An online article by the Murfreesboro Post quotes Middle Point, Tennessee, Deputy Mayor Jeff Davidson as saying he gained insight into several WTE methods after attending the Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) Conference in Orlando, Florida, in November 2015.
Davidson and other officials from both Middle Point and nearby Murfreesboro tell the Post that a WTE alternative could “cost a million [or] a hundred million dollars.” They add that making the right decision is “critical to the future of our county.”