Fulcrum to use InEnTec technology in Nevada

By Suzanne Schmidt and Ryan C. Christiansen
Web exclusive posted July 24, 2008 at 4:05 p.m. CST

Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc. recently announced its plans to build the first commercial-scale waste-to-energy plant using proprietary waste conversion technology from Bend, Ore.-based InEnTec LLC.

The 10 MMgy Sierra BioFuels plant expects to convert 90,000 tons of municipal solid waste into ethanol annually using InEnTec's Plasma Enhanced Melter technology, which produces synthetic gas from the waste and then converts the gas into ethanol. The facility will be built in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Storey County, Nev., 10 miles east of Reno, Nev.

"I think the country is just crying out for new sources of biofuels and renewable fuels to help offset our dependence and reduce the price of petroleum products in gasoline," said Fulcrum's President and Chief Executive Officer E. James Macias, adding that the proposed plant will allow for lower fuel costs and a renewable, cleaner burning fuel.

Construction on the $120 million project will begin later this year, with operations expected to begin in 2010.

The ethanol will be produced using garbage that would normally be deposited in landfills. "We like municipal solid waste as a feedstock because of its large volumes and locations that it is at, we have the technologies to convert it and we think it would be a big help as an added source of ethanol to the current sources today," Macias said.

The exact collection locations of the MSW are still being discussed.

InEnTec's waste conversion technology has been in operation at a 25-ton-per-day demonstration unit in Richland, Wash., where it processes 20 percent of the city's waste.