I think FutureGen ending is a good thing. I know it has caused me to be more proactive in getting my innovations out there. I’ve just finished enabling IP to make IGCC work with what I call organic trash fraction (OTF) which is the organic fraction of MSW plus some plastic mixed in. Mainly I've devised a faster pellet mill to make RDF at much less cost (as I say, I call it OTF). Now I need to concentrate on gasifier partnering.
For you naysayers who believe one can't ever use OTF safely in the environment in energy systems, not so. It's a case of doing OTF to electricity efficiently using IGCC (why waste an organic energy resource) and then putting a top quality scrubber on the exhaust gases to take out the chlorine that forms when burning the plastic and salted food waste in OTF. This is no big deal. It's also better to have the HRSG stainless steel so it won't rot out in 2 years when the chlorine condenses out on the boiler tubes. That's also no big deal on cost either. Thus, I hope to see what is known as whole system design getting traction in the waste industry, which will practically eliminate landfills.
On the recyclables side, I've also sided with the two-stream recycling proponents, I believe they are on the money. Product quality is better, it can be more productive, and it's cheaper to install. What's not to like except one collects recyclables in two-steams, containers and paper separately; that's no big deal, and will cost no more than lumping recyclables all together into one big mess that can't be separated properly into quality baled product. Two-steam wins and is green, single-stream collection loses and it's not green. The waste industry should avoid signal-stream collection and processing like the plague.
Cheers. Lets get going and make all this work, including IGCC for coal. I have some of the answers and looking for partners, give me a call....Lloyd Weaver 207-721-9947. I live in coastal Harpswell, Maine.