Joint venture turns old batteries into energy
W2 Energy, Inc., a developer of mass-to-energy technology,
and Toxco, Inc., a battery recycler, announced they have
entered into a joint venture in which W2 Energy will
take approximately 600 tons yearly of carbon cake and
plastics generated in Toxco’s battery recycling plant
in British Columbia and will convert that battery waste
into electricity and ultra low sulfur diesel.
Through its Big Green Box program, Toxco receives batteries
of all sorts from some of the largest and most environmentally
progressive companies, municipalities and educational
institutions in North America. Using a set of proprietary
processes, Toxco safely strips the metals out of these
batteries and sells it. Up until now Toxco has been sending
the shredded battery cases to the landfill.
W2 Energy takes this waste, primarily plastic and carbon,
and converts it to electricity and diesel fuel using
a set of technologies developed over the last nine years.
W2 Energy’s technology will convert the hydrogen, carbon
and oxygen which comprise Toxco’s battery waste into
a renewable source of fuel and electricity.
W2 Energy will be building a mobile mass-to-energy unit
which will fit on a single 45 foot truck trailer. Inside
the truck will be a complete mass-to-energy plant which
will process up to four tons per day of plastic and carbon
waste. While this plant will require electricity to start
it, once running, W2 Energy’s low temperature gasifier
and high efficiency steam engine will actually generate
excess electricity. The resulting synthetic gas will
be converted into liquid fuel. That fuel will either
be used by Toxco or sold to a fuel blender for resale.
The carbon and nitrogen oxides normally generated by
combusting waste will be sequestered in the W2 Energy’s
algae reactor, in which various strains of algae will
grow on these flue gases. The resulting algae will be
gasified and turned into more fuel and electricity.