Go Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility
The integrated Global Olivine Sustainable Resource Recycling Facility (GO – SRRF) technology has been peer-reviewed by leading international experts. Global Olivine Limited maintains associations with a key input panel in which world-leading expertise from many international companies is represented. The UK Environmental Authority reported the process as 'best available technology' in their justification for issuing an environmental permit for a Peterborough SRRF.
The vast majority of existing waste-to-energy processes claiming 'sustainability' are incomplete, resulting in system inefficiencies and toxic residue being returned to the air, water and soil, often in more highly concentrated forms. These fragmented processes merely change the geographic location of toxic wastes which further pollute the environment and should not claim 'sustainability'.
Using advanced conversion technology, the GO – SRRF has created a unique, comprehensive and truly sustainable resource recycling system that complies with the world's highest emission standards for a thermal power plant.
The Global Olivine goal is to work in partnership with governments, communities and businesses to deliver sustainable solutions to regional energy, waste, recycling and water desalination needs. Through the integration of processes and by-product industries, a GO – SRRF converts industrial, household, and agricultural waste to valuable resources by recovering energy and making a major contribution to the national grid while powering the manufacture of a range of valuable and saleable products from recycled waste materials. These on-site industries are very power efficient and contribute their waste heat to power generation.
How a GO – SRRF benefits communities, municipalities, countries, the environment:
- Processes between 1.87 and 2.5 million tonnes of waste p. a. @ 10.4 GJ/T to 7.7 GJ/T average calorific values which is equivalent to 2.636 million barrels of oil. Because of excellent gas scrubbing and high process efficiency, the plant is able to cleanly use high sulphur coal as a supplementary fuel which can be replaced by an expanding waste supply.
- Integrates up to nineteen by-product industries, transforming all forms of waste, including hazardous materials and sewage sludge, into useful, highly competitive and marketable products. Everything is recycled; no products, toxic or otherwise, are sent to landfill.
- The plant’s carbon footprint is vastly reduced by the integration of its onsite industries where the waste products or waste heat from one process becomes the raw material or energy for another and mitigation of landfill gas emitted to atmosphere. The dismal efficiency of industry-prevalent landfill gas collection and exported generation provide the SRRF plant with 1.9 million tonnes of CO2 credit/yr in a Western Australia study. There is potential for another one million tonnes/yr as a result of energy savings by the by-product industries from their energy savings stemming from shared infrastructure, combined with raw materials savings, with their associated energy ingredient saving from mitigated production and transport. A first plant audit study at commissioning will verify quantification of these savings and the international standards and methodology for calculating the parameters for such CO2 credits will require modification to accommodate GO process efficiencies and may well see credits increase by around half a million tonnes.
- A 48% efficient gas fired, dual cycle generator produces 0.42 tonnes of fossil fuel derived CO2 per MW-h of electricity produced. A 31.4% efficient GO-SRRF produces 0.38 tonnes of fossil fuel-derived CO2 per MW-h produced. GO’s superior performance makes it the most thermally efficient power generator available in terms of fossil fuel use.
- The plant’s multiple revenue streams allow for reduced power charges and tipping fees and reduces the cost of products made by onsite by-product industries. This characteristic also negates sensitivity to fuel and electricity prices of existing methods of power generation.
- All plant components use proven technologies that have been fully tested in applications worldwide, mitigating commercial risk.
- Because the plant is constructed by a consortium of committed parties, project deliverability risk is further minimised.
- The advanced gasification plant’s emission levels are insignificant; there are no detectable fumes or odours to atmosphere so no consequent risks to public health.
- By utilising N-1 power production, dynamic Megavar production, grid support and spinning reserve are available and plant “down time” is eliminated. This ensures reliable waste disposal and power generation; the plant provides extensive grid stability and the consistent ability to process contracted waste and generate and export contracted power.
- Power export from the site can be reduced at night by operating the foundry and other high power use by-product industries on a night shift. Power export is between 140MW and 186MW.
- Purpose-designed container ships are used for a large portion of waste transportation, reducing road traffic significantly and allowing the use of waste from expanded local regions and close-proximity islands, further lowering the carbon footprint and providing fuel for the plant.
- Operating at a thermal efficiency of 92.9% – 94.0% (when the asphalt plant is operating) and 31.4% electrical efficiency (compared to 18% – 20% for other waste-to-energy technologies), a GO-SRRF produces 30% - 35% more power than most competing processes. Advanced heat recovery technology means more power is generated for the same amount of CO2 produced, regardless of origin, thereby reducing atmospheric CO2 levels. The plant will produce enough power for 450,000 people, as well as power to support their service industries, street lighting and the substantial industrial community that the plant represents.
- The aggregated cost of the project and its industries is significantly less than the cost of building the same standalone power, water and by-products industries.
- GO-SRRF offers the option of producing up to 123,000 tonnes of fresh water per day (enough water to supply 2 million people) using multiple effect desalination (MED) of seawater in lieu of cooling towers. This process produces drinking water of better quality and at a lower cost than the majority of competitive supplies. GO provides water treatment and calcining, two reservoirs and a pumping station to inject water into the mains with a 100 metre head. A small proportion of water production is bottled and sold from the onsite water bottling and milk reconstitution plant which uses 50% recycled PET packaging.
- A plant will enable a region to plan its future infrastructure development to encourage further industrial development.
- A plant will provide up to 600 direct jobs and 2400 indirect jobs and a new base of industries important to the community.
- Shared regional and project company ownership facilitates a fair distribution of risk and reward to the required principal parties – refer to ‘Summary of Investment Opportunity’ to follow for the first regional and project company ownership in the Philippines.
The structure is generic and percentages vary for different financial parameters and waste characteristics encountered in various regions and localities
After comprehensive reviews by teams of environmental scientists and regulatory bodies, the GO-SRRF has been granted environmental permits in Western Australia and the UK.
12 Chain Plant with MED - Inputs & Outputs The calorific values (CV) used below reference a high figure value (Hawaii example) and a low figure value (Philippines). Fuel from waste is readily modulated with the computer controlled fuel mix. CVs in other regions will fall somewhere in between. Note: All tonnages per annum (unless noted). *1 includes whiteware, electronics and electrical (WEEE) metallic faction less aluminium. The world's waste could use approximately 5,000 of these plants which would achieve the following:
- Export of 7.5 billion MW-h of electricity, sufficient for 1.5 billion homes.
- They would represent one million Megawatts of installed generation which could displace 500 atomic energy power plants of 2,000 MW capacity..
- The plants would produce 10 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide credit per year.