Several articles have been published regarding Hughes Energy’s organics recycling plants and our plans to introduce our technology in New York State, including a possible project in Fort Edward at the former GE dehydration plant .
Hughes is currently evaluating sites across New York State for our recycling technology with a plan to invest at least $1 billion in the state, creating 500 full-time green technology jobs. We’ve had informal meetings in seven New York counties (including Washington County), responded to several county formal RFIs (requests for information), and have submitted a permit application with DEC to date.
Hughes Energy is the exclusive North American licensee of the Wilson system, which was invented in the UK in 1998 and has since been deployed five times in the UK and Ireland.
The Wilson system uses a pressurized steam vessel, called an autoclave, which transforms organic materials (food, paper, cardboard, grass, leaves, meat packaging waste) into a fiber similar to wood pulp within an hour. which is used to make recycled materials. paper and other commercial products. Our process is entirely inside a building under negative air pressure to keep all the air inside the building. The process uses steam and low pressure to turn organics into a sawdust-like material – we don’t burn any of our cast iron.
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Tom Wilson, the inventor, sold and installed his system to private companies who then operated the system as they saw fit. Just as a farmer will buy equipment to milk cows or a quarry will buy crushers to process stone, customers own and operate Tom’s equipment, which they buy. Unless a customer explicitly authorizes an OEM to refer to it, they are contractually prohibited from doing so.
Our US company, Hughes Energy, was created to directly finance, build, own and operate facilities in North America, the first of which we plan to install in New York State.
Autoclaves are great pressure cookers, just like you use them at home. Autoclaves have been in commercial use since the 1880s. Today, tens of thousands of autoclaves are used daily in American industry – from desktop units for sterilizing surgical instruments in hospitals to huge autoclaves in Boeing factories. that heal the wings and tail of 777 jets and F-117 stealth fighter bombers. Tire makers and concrete block makers pull railroad cars through autoclaves to harden and harden their products every day. The largest autoclave manufacturers in the world are American companies based in California, New York and Pennsylvania. Autoclaves are well-known industrial systems that, when maintained and used correctly, will operate safely and efficiently for over 25 years.
In the 1940s, the University of Alabama at Huntsville began using autoclaves to process organic waste, including mixed waste. There are a dozen major manufacturers of MSW – municipal solid waste – autoclaves that have systems deployed around the world today, including Georgia Pacific Paper (under the “Juno” brand), which has an autoclave system at their headquarters in Atlanta and one at one of their paper mills in Oregon. GP is a $10 billion division of the $100 billion Koch conglomerate.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research center in California has been working with fibers made from autoclaved MSW for nearly 20 years. They have made products like recycled paper, liquid biofuels, and other products that offset the need for fossil fuels or trees. Recovering and recycling organic materials rather than dumping them in landfills is an essential part of what we call “practical environmentalism” – real and measurable climate impact with processes and technologies available today, not in a distant future. There is a mountain of published scientific journals and research supporting decades of work on fibers produced from autoclaved organics.
Facts to note
1. New York State landfills more than 6 million tons of trash a year in 27 active landfills. Some landfills, such as in Albany and Seneca Meadows, are expected to close soon.
2. The reduction in waste disposal options has dramatically increased disposal costs in many areas of New York State, some by 40% in three years.
3. According to the Office of the NYS Comptroller, cities, counties, and towns in New York State spend nearly $3 billion a year on waste disposal.
4. New York landfills emit 58% of the methane produced in New York State compared to 16% of the methane emitted nationwide from landfills. Methane is produced by decaying organic matter, which is buried and decomposing.
5. New York State is focused on aggressively closing landfills, which has reduced the number from 1,200 in 1980 to 27 today (many of which will close imminently).
6. Methane is more than 80 times worse for the atmosphere as a GHG than carbon dioxide. The United States is one of 100 signatories to the Global Methane Pledge, released in November 2021, which pledges to “rapidly reduce methane emissions – widely considered the most effective strategy to reduce global warming.” (Global Methane Pledge press release, November 2, 2021)
7. Garbage generated in New York State travels up to 400 miles one way each day to landfills as far away as Virginia or Ohio. This is unhealthy for people and the environment and economically unsustainable.
Hughes offers the local communities where we build factories:
1. The HEG (Hughes Energy Group) facility will provide 50 high-paying full-time jobs, including 40 jobs in mechanics, engineers and equipment operators for which we will train and promote staff.
2. Our fiber in New York will be sent to some of the many paper mills in the state to offset the use of virgin wood pulp.
3. The factory will provide stores and local businesses with a successful and important new customer for all kinds of support services to keep a factory running smoothly.
4. HEG expects to pay over $750,000 in local taxes per year.
5. HEG provides annual scholarships to local secondary schools and BOCES to develop the next generation of professional scientists and traders.
6. Other host community benefits to be negotiated with local towns.
Hughes Energy technology eliminates the new creation of methane from the organic waste we process. Our system produces a valuable fiber that is used instead of wood pulp for papermaking.
Hughes Energy is excited to work with cities, communities and local waste professionals to provide a circular and repeatable organic recycling solution to fight climate change while providing jobs and opportunities for your families and the community. local.
Dane McSpedon is Managing Director of Hughes Energy Group.