Case Studies

qubeThe Opportunity & Solution

QEI will process, develop and install Micro Gasification WTE system solutions, involving a host of traditional and more complex fuel types. Each fuel offers its own challenges that must be fully evaluated and addressed to determine if the economics of a project support a path forward. Typical issues to address include: material sorting and processing, fuel size and composition, moisture content, ash content, transportation, storage and conveyance requirements, etc.

With the use of the new, fully functional biomass test facilities, QEI can eliminate the guesswork on all Micro-Gasification WTE projects. Using a commercially operated test unit, QEI can conduct a test burn on any opportunity fuel for an extended processing time, to provide a real time analysis of gasified biomass fuels in various quantities, blends and compositions. The data from the fuel analysis enables our technical team to optimize fuel performance, understand air emission quantities, and determine project viability before any projects proceed.

WTE conversion is our future. With our premiere systems and scientific approach to Micro-Gasification WTE projects, QEI will equip the market with the necessary data to make educated and fact-based decisions on the next steps toward sustainability.

Opportunity Fuels - WTE

•    Municipal solid waste (MSW)
•    Refuse derived fuels (RDF)
•    Agricultural residues
•    Municipal sludge’s
•    Wood processing by-products
•    Algae cakes
•    Industrial process wastes
•    Manures (livestock, equestrian, elephant, etc.)

Market Trends

Across the globe, humans generate more than 2 billion tons of waste annually.  This waste, by way of landfill, releases a host of air, water and soil pollutants as it decays methane gas, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, odors, and groundwater parasites. However, a closer look reveals that within 2.1 billion tons of waste, there are over 24 quadrillion BTUs of energy available for harvesting; enough heat to generate about 10% of the electricity consumed worldwide each year.

Leading market research firm, SBI Energy, found in their latest study, “Thermal and Digestion WTE Technologies Worldwide,” that WTE technologies — incineration, gasification, plasma gasification, pyrolysis, and anaerobic digestion — provide a convenient solution to many of these waste management issues. So much so, that the market will grow at a rate of about 11% through 2021.

Global concern and policy actions relating to climate change are driving WTE technologies and support low–carbon and in some cases carbon–neutral energy production demands. As a result, the global market for WTE technologies has evidenced substantial growth over the last five years, increasing from $5 billion in 2006, to $7 billion in 2010 and was unaffected throughout the global economic downturn.

“WTE market expansion is rooted in the waste management and in the alternative fuels/power industry. Demand for waste management solutions and for alternative energy sources thereby coalesce to drive demand for WTE technologies,” says Shelley Carr, SBI Energy publisher. "A significant advantage of these dual drivers is that demand for WTE technologies is proven resilient. As landfill availability continues to decline, the demand for waste management solutions will remain regardless of economic stresses, and will continue to drive the installation of new WTE facilities," Carr notes.

In the next decade, growth trends are expected to continue for the industry, led by expansion in the U.S., European, Chinese, and Indian markets. By 2021, the annual global market for WTE technologies, including Asian markets combined with the maturation of European waste management regulations, European and U.S. climate mitigation strategies, will exceed $27 billion  for all technologies combined.”

Thermal and Digestion WTE Technologies Worldwide contain comprehensive data on the worldwide market for WTE technologies (incineration, gasification, pyrolysis and thermal de-polymerization, and anaerobic digestion). The market study also reports historical market trends and growth in dollars (2006 – 2010) at the national level for major markets, as well as future forecast data through 2021. The report identifies key trends affecting the marketplace, along with trends driving growth, and central challenges to further market development. The report examines the strategic profiles of the WTE leaders in municipal solid waste and other waste management industries.