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CALGARY, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Alter NRG Corp. (TSX: NRG; OTCQX: ANRGF) ("Alter NRG" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Westinghouse Plasma Corp's ("Westinghouse Plasma") plasma gasification operation in Madison, Pennsylvania is now successfully operating and providing clean syngas to the adjacent cellulosic ethanol conversion facility operated by Coskata, Inc ("Coskata"). As was previously announced on April 25, 2008, Project Lighthouse is Coskata's semi-commercial cellulosic ethanol plant that converts syngas (provided by the Westinghouse Plasma gasification process) into ethanol.
Coskata's proprietary process was analyzed by Argonne National Laboratory, who found that every unit of fossil energy used, in turn generated up to 7.7 times the amount of energy which is significantly better than the current ethanol industry. It was also found that it reduces CO(2) emissions by up to 96 percent compared with a well-to-wheel analysis of gasoline. The feedstock-flexible process utilizes non- food biomass, thereby providing an opportunity to produce fuel-grade ethanol in greater quantities and at a lower cost point than that produced from food-based sources (corn, sugar, etc.).
Project Lighthouse is located at the Westinghouse Plasma gasification facility in Madison, Pennsylvania. Westinghouse Plasma is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alter NRG. The Westinghouse Plasma gasification system converts non-food biomass in its existing gasification reactor to provide clean, cool, pressurized syngas. The syngas is the energy source of Coskata's FlexEthanol conversion process. This approximate $25 million semi-commercial facility constructed by Coskata will increase the utilization rate of the WPC gasification facility and is anticipated to provide approximately $2.5 to $3.0 million in revenue to the Company from the production of specified syngas during the first half of 2010.
According to President and CEO of Alter NRG Mark Montemurro, "Alter NRG has worked diligently to transform our pilot facility into a commercial demonstration facility which can operate on an extended continuous basis. In addition to the near term revenues, Project Lighthouse has attracted international interest from leading energy companies and developers from around the world. The Westinghouse Plasma site is hosting industry leading energy, forestry and industrial companies to show the technology at work first hand."
The gasification section of the demonstration plant has been modified to produce clean, tar free, synthetic gas tailored for the Coskata process. The syngas produced from biomass is expected to be suitable for other energy production processes, such as the production of power from a gas turbine. Dr. P. Van Nierop, VP Technology at Alter NRG believes "the demonstration plant operations are validating our technical performance projections as well as the plasma gasification island and syngas clean up capability. This significantly reduces risks associated with the full scale commercializationof biofuels" Currently the peak volume of biomass processed per day at the facility is 18 tons per day. The real time capability to manipulate the syngas composition is an advantage for Coskata's testing program and for other customer applications as well.
"Working alongside Alter NRG has allowed us to showcase the successful scale-up and commercial viability of our process" stated CEO of Coskata Bill Roe. "The patented technology uses non-grain inputs to create feedstock flexible ethanol, which will directly compete with gasoline. Project Lighthouse has been designed to allow direct scaling to commercial plants capable of producing 50 to 100 million gallons per year." Coskata was recently ranked as one of the hottest bioenergy companies in the world by Biofuels Digest.
Coskata has also engaged Alter NRG for engineering services on their first commercial facility which is expected to be a 50 to 60 million gallon per year ethanol facility. Alter NRG expects this facility to generate approximately $50 million in engineering services and equipment sale revenues upon successful completion.
ABOUT ALTER NRG
Alter NRG is pursuing alternative energy solutions to meet the growing demand for environmentally responsible energy in world markets. The Company's vision is to commercialize growth technologies through environmentally sustainable and economically viable alternative energy projects. The Company's objectives are twofold; First, is to further commercialize the Westinghouse Plasma Gasification Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary, to provide renewable and clean energy solutions from a wide variety of feedstocks, and providing a wide variety of energy outputs - including liquid fuels like ethanol, power, and syngas; Second, to capitalize on the rapidly growing geoexchange residential and commercial heating and cooling market through a wholly owned subsidiary CleanEnergy that enables consumers to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce the cost and volatility of energy bills using the energy from the earth.
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