Taylor Biomass Energy, based in Montgomery, N.Y., has received the final, local “green light” by the town board of Montgomery, N.Y., to move ahead with plans to build a waste-to-energy facility in the city. The project will be build on Taylor Recycling’s existing 90-acre site.
According to Taylor Biomass Energy (TBE), the vote to approve Phase III of the project’s site plan is the culmination of several years of review of the energy company by local officials.
Once completed, the Taylor Biomass-Montgomery gasification system will generate 24 megawatts of electricity. The project will also generate $384.4 million in economic impact, as well as 82 permanent jobs and 318 temporary construction jobs over the next 18 months.
The waste-to-energy facility will use an oxygen-starved project, meaning there is no incineration taking place. Jessica Callihan, a customer service representative with Taylor Recycling, says that the facility only needed a minor source air permit. “The process is closed loop. There is no burning at all. The gasification is based on a heated sand media.”
To build the facility, Taylor Biomass Energy was chosen to receive a $100 million federal loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Energy based on its merit and ingenuity.
“There have been many steps to bring us to this point; many years of work. I am grateful to the scores of people who have stood by us, and stood up for us, as we have worked through this process. And I’m grateful to the Town of Montgomery for helping us bring this project on line in our home town. Its time has come. It is time to stop wasting our waste and Taylor Biomass Energy knows just how to do that,” says Jim Taylor, chairman of Taylor Recycling.
James Rollins, vice president of business development for TBE, says that the system will use a patent pending biomass gasification system that will convert municipal solid waste, construction and demolition material and waste wood into electricity.
Rollins estimates that when the facility is fully operational it will be able to take in around 500 tons per day of solid waste, 400 tons a day of C&D material and 100 tons per day or waste wood.
Despite the significant volume of municipal solid waste that will be needed to consumed every day Rollins says that the company has a number of long-term arrangements on the front end with municipalities in Orange County, N.Y., where the facility will be built. Most of the C&D material and waste wood will come from Taylor Recycling’s own C&D operations.
On the back end, the electricity generated will ultimately be used by the New York/New Jersey Power Port Authority.
Taylor hopes to break ground on the facility by June 2012 with production starting by December, 2013.
“We don’t own any landfills, so we want to recycle as much as possible,” Rollins notes.