Global Warming Prevention Technologies News
February 15, 2011
to remove the equivalent of 200,000 cars from the road in CO2
Emissions (all of the cars in Hamilton)
In the not too distant future
communities will take care of 100% of their own waste and recycling
needs on the spot with recycling machines the size of commercial
waste bins that recover all of the reusable materials of glass,
aluminum, metal and inert fractions while converting all other carbon
based residue into a usable gaseous fuel in one fell swoop. No
Landfill, No incineration and the only transportation required will
be the exporting of valuable goods and energy from the community to
That’s the vision projected by Steve
Poulos, the president and CEO of Global Warming Prevention
Technologies Inc. (GWPT) an environmental design and R&D house
incorporated in 2003. He’s designed, patented and pre-tested his
Micro Material and Energy Recovery Converter (MERC) to suit any site
having a source of waste or biomass. The former designer for
Architects Crang and Boake in Don Mills, and past consultant to
Primenergy LLP out of the US is building the pilot plant with the
support of sixty shareholders, and the National Research Council
The company’s CFO, William Easton is
a professional engineer and has been instrumental in helping to
procure over $250,000 in Scientific Research and Experimental
Development funds since 2004 for GWPT. As well the company recently
announced that the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program is
participating with a $50,000 grant towards a segment of the MERC
pilot plant with more in the works towards a $1 million phase one
project (now half complete). The provincial Ministry of Research and
Innovation is also reviewing GWPT’s funding application.
Whether it’s a remote community, an
industry, a greenhouse, hotel, hospital, an energy producer or a
recycler the system known as the Natural State Reduction System
(NSRS) will accept up to 2 tonnes per day of raw unsorted waste and
recyclables from any user, transform them thermally into gases, and
mechanically into a sized product. It can fit into a small waste or
recycling room or sit outside and not take up more than 30 m2
of space. The well known base Thermal Oxidation technology produced
third party testing results with positive EPA emissions compliance
proving that any material can be placed into the thermal vessels,
starved of oxygen, and then with a short input of heat be safely
reduced to gases. The reactors will accept wood waste, municipal
solid waste, hazardous waste, post consumer or industrial waste,
tires and unsorted recyclables. The hybrid MERC itself, having even
more emission control peripherals than its predecessors and having an
engine attached will be tested federally at the CANMET Energy and
Technology Centre (CETC) at Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa.
This state of the art Combined Heat and
Power (CHP) gasification invention has a compelling suite of
technologies: firstly a series of proprietary waste conveyance
mechanisms will store and move the waste into and around the reactor
vessels, then a biomemenic reduction process emulates the digestive
enzymes in a human stomach to home-in on the higher BTU value
material to break it down with heat and limited oxygen. The breakdown
area expands by itself to fully transform all lesser BTU value
material into a gaseous fuel composed of hydrogen, methane and carbon
monoxide. Poulos says “The primary reduction takes place in various
‘target’ zones within 2 reactor vessels: depending on the make-up
of the waste certain materials are hit first at vantage points with
heat and oxygen while clean hot gases emerge from a complex set of
modulating extraction vents having thousands of open and shut valves
commanded by sensors and a computational report”. This part of the
patented process has been successfully built and pre-tested under
non- thermal conditions at Hewcor International in Oakville. The
balance of this unique converter is being built by Hybrid Motion
Control in Mississauga and Fulton Engineered Specialties in Caledon,
The gases are further purified for use
in a Stirling engine or conditioned for a more typical gas or diesel
engine and generator set. Various engines and boilers are planned to
be tested this year starting with a 43kW Stirling engine. Poulos says
the challenge is to create a fuel that satisfies specific engine
requirements. Depending on the waste constituency some supplementary
fuel is required to maintain a predetermined fuel specification, but
future plans for methanol production from the gas may help to
alleviate this need.
In the last stage of the process all
the remaining glass, aluminum and metals in the vessel are extracted
automatically into their respective material slots for pick up or
delivery. The 5% ash is vacuumed out to be used as a suitable
additive for cement. Alternatively a carbon char making process will
produce a charcoal from wood waste for soil conditioning and this
results in a very effective carbon sink.
The fully comprehensive
recycling process produces a combined heat and power output for
immediate use. The resulting energy, up to about 85 kW of continuous
electric power or 2MW hours per day can be produced on demand from
any 2 tonne per day source of biomass, waste, or residue (about 500
households depending on existing waste diversion programs would
supply this volume alone). Another 3.5 MW hours of heat per day is
produced for building space heat, hot water, or process heat
requirements. Depending on the climate this amounts to providing the
very homes that create the waste with up to 15% of their energy
It can run water pumps, stoves, lights
and anything else a regular power supply can do, but with the added
heat energy there is synergy with industries like greenhouses and
resorts that can produce local food and consume it within the same
community. If a blue box program has already sorted out the plastic,
glass and metal the process will still transform the solid residue
components destined to landfill into useable fuel and recyclables.
The basic gasification science is
hardly new, but this revolutionary gas converter/recycler is compact,
scalable, and aims to prove it can extract the cleanest possible
gases from various waste products, biomass, or yes even algae. The
clincher is that the system will provide about 2 tonnes of CO2
offsets per tonne of waste processed, based on the following 3
comparables shown in a recent sudy: 1. Non CHP energy production
by other power producers who emit CO2 and produce energy
at 25% efficiency (coal plants) vs. anticipated 60% MERC efficiency; 2. The reduction in trucking energy and emissions; 3. The reduction
resulting from the removal of methane off-gassing from landfill (a
gas having 21 times the impact of CO2).
Given GWPT’s anticipated business of
1200 tonnes per day of waste recovery forecasted over the next 6
years a huge CO2 offset of over 800,000
tonnes of greenhouse gases per year could result: That’s the
equivalent of saving 100,000,000 trees within that time frame!
(it takes 125 mature trees to soak up 1 tonne of CO2
If each home converted all its
‘black bag’ waste in this fashion the equivalent of more than
half a car’s annual CO2 emissions (1/2 of
4 tonnes) would be taken off the road per house served! For another
perspective the equivalent of all the cars in Hamilton,200,000 cars
would be taken off the road by 2017 if the waste tonnage processing above were realized.
In fiscal 2014 construction was completed on the mobile steel frame and platform (MFP) that carries the entire system for crane pick-up including operable gates and transport lugs. The gas filtration regime design/build process was begun (originally planned for construction at the CETC)
and all key components were positioned on the base frame bringing together the entire prototype as a whole.
Together with Fulton Engineered Specialties GWPT completes the first stage of the gas filtration modules and heat exchangers on the MERC 4000 stand-alone micro waste converter in Caledon Ontario. Final engine selection and CPU design is slated for June 2014 with CANMET and 3rd party advisors prior to delivery to CANMET in Ottawa for testing this fall.
The owners of the LEED designed home at 53 Hemford Crescent, have sold the state-of-the-art custom built '2 Spruce House' designed by Steve Poulos of GWPT to a local Toronto family,
GWPT completes the structural framework for the MERC 4000
GWPT completes the Reference Facility status for the Austrian WTE facility.
GWPT acquires substantial completion status on the custom LEED home designed by Steve Poulos of GWPT
GWPT initiates a Reference Facility agreement with the management of Austrian WTE Facility with the co designer joining up with the GWPT team to procure North American and Eastern European Project Development opportunities.
The Bubbling Fluidized Bed Gasification facility will be optimised with GWPT technology and emission controls.
General Shareholder's Meeting...
GWPT's patented clean-tech waste recycling system have been completed and ready for further assembly and eventual testing at the Canmet Energy and Technology Centre...
ISO Designation for GWPT...
Go by Snow...
to remove the equivalent of 200,000 cars from the road in CO2
Emissions (all of the cars in Hamilton)...
NRC Supports GWPT...
A second contract has been awarded to
Fulton Engineered Specialties inc...
A Contract was awarded to Greenkite Web
Hewcor International completed the R&D
A contract was awarded to Fulton
Engineered Specialties inc
A contract was awarded to GWPT to
design a ‘LEED for homes’
A Contract was awarded to Hybrid Motion
A patent Assignment Agreement was
signed by GWPT...
GWPT holds its 6th Annual General
Meeting at GLOW
The President and CEO of GWPT acquired
controlling shares of GWPT Inc...
A Contract was awarded to Hewcor
International to provide R&D
Steve Poulos and John Liu complete 25 Large format AutoCAD
Hybrid Motion Control completed the R&D
associated with early design
A submission by Steve Poulos and GWPT
was made to the City of Toronto
A contract was awarded to Hybrid Motion
The CETC at Natural Resources Canada in
Ottawa completed the review...
The Canadian Intellectual Property
Office issued the Scrubbing Ionized Rain Tunnel...
The Canadian Intellectual Property
Office announced that it will allow...