Lockheed Martin, Concord Blue Waste-to-Energy Plant Moves Forward
A waste-to-energy facility, expected to be online next year, will process 50,000 tons of raw waste annually, reducing the need for landfill use and powering 5,000 homes and businesses in Herten, Germany.
Concord Blue has awarded Lockheed Martin Energy a $43 million contract to proceed with all engineering, procurement and construction of the 5-megawatt bioenergy plant with a planned completion date in 2017.
The bioenergy facility will transform forestry waste to power using Concord Blue’s Reformer technology, which converts waste to energy through a process called advanced gasification. The company says its technology can convert nearly any kind of organic waste into renewable energy. Unlike other available processes that use hazardous incineration methods, Concord Blue’s technology converts waste material using heat transfer, which the company says results in no harmful byproducts.
In 2014, the two companies announced plans to build the facility and have since completed all planning, simulation, supplier logistics and preliminary design. The construction marks phase 2 of the partnership between Concord Blue and Lockheed Martin.
The bioenergy facility — and future such projects the two companies build — addresses two global challenges, says Mo Vargas, director of Bioenergy at Lockheed Martin Energy: clean energy and waste management.
Additionally, Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue signed a modification to the existing teaming agreement established in 2013 to extend the partnership ten years though 2026, with options for further extension.
The agreement enables Lockheed Martin to serve as Concord Blue’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor for future bioenergy conversion projects and to continue serving as the exclusive manufacturing provider of the Concord Blue Reformer.
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