The Cleveland delegation visiting the Far East returned on Saturday. After a long week of visits to manufacturing plants and observing the different processes for transforming waste into energy, Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson reports, “The consensus is that we learned a lot and believe that this is a real opportunity for the City. Both technical and economic development opportunities appear real and sound.”
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The group spent the morning at a waste to energy facility in Shanghai that incinerates MSW to fire a boiler and produces electricity. Their process was the first of its kind in China and is amazing yet it has several problems our project would overcome. The smell there was offensive
and on a hot muggy day it can be overpowering.
After that we met with a number of companies that expressed interest in locating in Cleveland. Discussions with these companies confirmed the project’s economic development aspirations
Saturday, August 22, the City of Cleveland will lead a delegation to China and Japan on a week long fact finding mission to observe solid waste to energy conversion facilities in operation. The Group will also meet with foreign advanced energy companies to discuss locating their U.S. operations in Cleveland. The delegation is composed of Richard Stuebi from the Cleveland Foundation; Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs for the City of Cleveland; Ivan Henderson, Interim Assistant Director of Public Utilities; Ron Owens, Commissioner of Waste Collection; Jose Hernandez, Engineer at the Cleveland Water Department; Councilman Matthew Zone; Larry Marquis from American Municipal Power; and Rahim Rahim from RNR Consulting. The delegation will visit facilities that utilize gasification to produce electric power by processing municipal solid waste in a patented process that presents near zero environmental emissions. While abroad, the team will visit Kinsei Sangyo Co. Ltd., Marutoku Environmental Services and BML Corporation in Takasaki, Japan. The delegation will also tour the state of the art Shanghai Pu-tong Municipal Solid Waste to Energy plant in China.
Although the technology has been used abroad for over 30 years, Cleveland would offer the first U.S. application. Coupled with the City’s recycling program, Cleveland’s approach would be the first of its kind.
“Cleveland’s facility would serve as a foundation to nurture the growth of the advanced energy technology industry, facilitate the business development of local advanced energy companies and to propel Cleveland and the region to the front of the international stage of advanced energy technology development,” Mayor Jackson explained.
“This project is one way to attract foreign investment and jobs to Cleveland as new businesses emerge and as the advanced energy market grows in Cleveland and World-wide,” said Public Utilities Director Barry Withers.
This fact finding mission comes on the heels of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit which took place last week; the waste to energy project is part of Mayor Jackson’s movement to redefine Cleveland’s economy through sustainability. CPP would use the electricity from the facility to help meet its Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard goals established in legislation passed last year that set goals for advanced and renewable energy in CPP’s power supply at 15% by 2015, 20% by 2020 and 25% by 2025.
CPP commenced research and development efforts for the municipal solid waste to energy project dating back to 2007.
“CPP’s approach is a true sustainability model featuring recycling and waste-to-energy technology that minimizes wastes, produces electricity and has low environmental impact,” said Assistant Director Henderson.
Earlier this year, the Mayor formed a Steering Team composed of City of Cleveland employees and leaders in the community to investigate the feasibility of moving forward with the development of a MSWE plant in Cleveland. This trip abroad is part of that investigation, and will offer the team members the opportunity to see first hand the operation of a MSWE facility in person. The Steering Team’s role is to help guide and develop the project.