PowerMaster grinder processes MSW, produces fuel

By Anna Austin
Web exclusive posted Nov. 7, 2008 at 10:29 a.m. CST

San Antonio, Texas-based PowerMaster Corp. has released a waste-to-energy technology which it said is capable of producing diesel fuel at 58 cents per gallon, and could reduce the need for extra landfill space by 97 percent.

The nine-foot tall industrial grinder, which Lila York, PowerMaster director of special projects, described as a "tornado in a can," is capable of processing any waste product or feedstock, with the exception of case-hardened steel. "It is a turn-key, front-end solution to process waste into energy and biomass waste into diesel," York said.

The exterior of the PowerMaster ReCyclone is composed of two pieces of plate steel; the inside is lined with replaceable, abrasion-resistant wear plates. The machine dries material by spinning at 1000 rotations per minute 650 miles per hour powered by a 200 to 400 horse power electric motor.

The ReCyclone sorts and grinds waste materials into any specific particle size which is set by the operator. "Such as biomass into three-eighth of an inch to pelletize," York said. "It is infinitely adjustable if you have to change your feedstock, you don't have to change your hardware."

The machine can also convert MSW, wood waste, and most other hydrocarbon-based wastes into as much as 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel per day.

According to York, the company has identified 17 possible markets for the machine, which has won a Canadian environmental protection award, as well as being named Europe's recycling product of the year.

PowerMaster also offers individual components for recyclers, landfills, manufacturing and waste-to-energy plants such as conveyers, feeders screens hoppers, air classification systems and tire recycling.