Blue Sphere Corp. (OTCQB: BLSP) on March 23 broke ground on both its first waste-to-energy project and its new U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.
In attendance for this ground breaking was the Mayor of Charlotte, Dan Clodfelter, and corporate representatives from Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), which has contracted to purchase electricity from this project. “Blue Sphere’s presence in Charlotte confirms our commitment to clean, renewable energy and the Smart City concept,” Clodfelter said in a March 25 statement about the groundbreaking.
The Blue Sphere facility will produce 5.2 MW from uneaten food that would normally end up in local landfills. The facility will utilize anaerobic digestion (a process that breaks down organic material) to produce biogas (primarily methane and carbon dioxide), from which electricity will be generated. Blue Sphere hopes to be up and operational at this facility by the end of the year and to have 11 additional facilities around the world built by 2018.
“This facility is the ultimate landfill because we take waste in the back end, nothing going out. There’s no smell, zero product, just electricity and compost,” said Blue Sphere CEO Shlomi Palas.
Blue Sphere is a company in the cleantech sector as a waste-to-energy project integrator. Blue Sphere develops waste-to-energy and other renewable energy projects.