Even though the information from this white paper was developed over 2-years ago, it marks the same time that Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of CPP lead the trip to Asia to explore emerging technologies (Aug. 2009). Some of the information may have become slightly outdated, but nonetheless, the most interesting factoids and statements are presented below:
Note: CPP has yet to explain how this project, that has been estimated to cost between $180 and $300 million, will be financed.
Environmental/Air: Several gasification/pyrolysis systems show the gas generated driving a gas turbine, which could be part of a combined cycle system. This would increase efficiency; however,
turbine manufacturers are reluctant to guarantee performance on units fueled by syngas from MSW.
Costs and Revenue Streams: The only technologies with dependable estimates for capital and operating costs, based on long experience in the U.S., are the proven mass-burn/waterwall, mass-burn/modular and RDF/dedicated boiler technologies. All of the others have cost estimates that are speculative, theoretical, or market driven. Unless a vendor’s cost proposals are backed by substantial guarantees of performance, they cannot be considered reliable.