UC-R Issues Report on Thermal Conversion Technologies
Friday, 10 July 2009 14:02
The University of California - Riverside has published a landmark report on the environmental performance of thermal conversion technologies throughout the world. The 41-page report identifies more than 100 facilities that are treating (converting) biomass, principally municipal solid waste, in the process of producing energy. It concludes, "Results from the analysis indicate that pyrolysis and gasification facilities currently operating throughout the world with waste feedstocks meet each of their respective air quality emission limits. With few exceptions, most meet all of the current emission limits mandated in California, the United States, the European Union, and Japan. In the case of toxic air contaminants (dioxins/furans and mercury), every process evaluated met the most stringent emission standards worldwide. Facilities with advanced environmental controls are very likely to meet regulatory requirements in California." This peer reviewed study presents independently validated emissions data from operating facilities in five nations. Click Here to read this report.