Plasma gasification could revolutionize North American society

In the midst of rapid renewable energy progression, analysts argue plasma gasification could revolutionize North American society in a manner similar to the Japanese, where thermal treatment of waste embodies nearly 95% of the municipal solid waste (MSW) produced in the nation. With the rising costs associated with landfills, this zero-waste, waste-to-energy technique will quickly catch on to Americans’ extensive waste-producing habits. Fact: North America treats less than 5% of the waste it produces thermally, instead the waste is either recycled, if possible, or burned, or reserved in a landfill. The controversy: landfill and incineration are not ecologically nor environmentally responsible solutions to our waste management problems. As Brian Sims, a Columnist for Biomass Magazine states, “It’s just a matter of getting that first commercial plant built in the United States for it to catch on”.

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On February 17th, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, including a $100,000,000,000 (one hundred billion dollar) incentive concerning “green” investment.

On August 11th, 2009, Wireless Age Communications, Inc. (WLSA) acquired majority interest in Sunbay Energy Corp. and exclusive rights to participation in renewable energy projects in Canada and the United States of America. By August 19th, 2009 Wireless Age Communications, Inc. announced intent to change its name to Sunbay Energy America Inc., a renewable energy company.

Wireless Age Communications, Inc. is proposing a $300,000,000+ plasma gasification project in Connecticut in collaboration with multi-billion dollar Resources Recovery Facility (RRF) giants, The Metropolitan District (MDC), and The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA), two non-profit government organizations that manage waste in the state. Four key things to help you understand the Waste Management movement in Connecticut:

– Resource Recovery Facilities (RRFs) are incineration plants producing electricity by burning waste (“waste-to-energy”).
– RRFs treat 57% of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in the state of Connecticut.
– Contracts that supply MSW to Connecticut’s RRF facilities will expire over the next two to fourteen years.
– 2,168,850 tons of MSW will need alternative treatment.

As shown in ES Figure 1 (below), it was projected that in 2005 approximately thirty percent of the municipal solid waste (MSW) generated was recycled; fifty-seven percent was burned at six regional MSW Resource Recovery Facilities (RRFs); nine percent was disposed out-of-state; and four percent was disposed at in-state landfills. Connecticut is more reliant on waste-to-energy facilities than any other state in the country.

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Plasma gasification is an inexpensive, efficient and renewable energy solution involving thermal treatment of waste. As the everlasting demand for waste management increases with growing populations, supply, otherwise land zoned for landfill, decreases as less space is available for such purposes. As a result the price per ton in handling waste increases. Let’s play the “what if game?”.

What if the local government prohibits land zoned for the purpose of landfill?
What if the state prohibits land zoned for the purpose of landfill?
What if exporting garbage to another state creates an operating deficit?
What if coexisting states prohibit incoming waste and exporting is no longer an option?

Connecticut is facing these difficulties today. Conventional landfill has grown in expense to the extent that Plasma Gasification has become inexpensive by comparison, let alone the other benefits this technology offers. The bottom line: Plasma Gasification offers waste management solution without the controversy of solid waste (or any material leftover), effectively generates electricity, and inhabits an ecologically intelligent space, leaving an insignificant physical footprint on the surrounding environment.

Employing plasma gasification technology ), Wireless Age Communications, Inc. will stand to benefit from operations across the state of Connecticut comprising of feedstock and long-term power purchase agreements already in place (with government organizations), and the resale of plasma torch technology, attained at a discount from exclusive partner, Europlasma.

John G. Simmonds, Chairman and CEO Wireless Age Communications, Inc. (WSLA), commented on plasma gasification operations in Connecticut potentially reflecting a fourth quarter (Q4) 2009 net income in the seven figures.

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