Agencies plan June 12 meeting on Cleveland Public Power project

A draft air permit for a proposed municipal solid waste gasification plant in Cleveland will be the focus of a June 12 public meeting by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Cleveland Division of Air Quality (CDAQ).

The meeting is an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning a draft air permit issued to Cleveland Public Power to construct a waste-to-energy facility. The facility would house three municipal solid waste gasifer processing lines to produce syngas. The syngas would be burned in a furnace to produce heat, which would then be converted to steam in a heat recovery steam generator.

Air emissions would be controlled using a baghouse, selective catalytic reduction and a wet flue-gas desulfurization scrubber system.

The public comment period ends June 19. A decision on issuing a final permit will be made after considering all questions and comments submitted by that date, said the Ohio EPA in a May 30 statement.

Said the draft permit: “Municipal solid waste (MSW) is preprocessed in a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and blended to produce the desired characteristics (heat content, etc.) for introduction into one of the Kinsei Sangyo or comparable, batch gasifiers that operate in tandem for each gasifier line. A small amount of natural gas is burned at the onset of the batch gasification process and heat for the remainder of the process is provided from the combustion of a portion of the syngas produced. The majority of the syngas produced by the Kinsei Sangyo or comparable batch gasifiers is combusted in a furnace (refer to the Fuel Combustion EAC) to produce heat that is then converted to steam in the Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG).”

Said the Cleveland Public Power website about this 15-MW project: “The City of Cleveland produces about 900-1500 tons of waste per day. Steam Compression can be used to turn the bulk of the MSW into fuel cell pallets to generate electricity. The steam Compression solution is a much cleaner and more cost effective than Landfill or Incineration Technology. On the other hand, the hazardous portion of the MSW is eliminated through Gasification. CPP is working closely with Princeton Environmental Group to resolve Cleveland’s MSW and provide the people of Cleveland with Greener living conditions.”

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