Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has signed a manufacturing agreement with waste gasification technology developer, Concord Blue, to provide all manufacturing support for the Concord Blue Reformer® waste to energy technology.
According to the Maryland based aerospace giant and manufacturer of the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane (pictured), Concord Blue’s Reformer converts nearly any form of waste into a variety of fuels and energy using advanced conversion technology.
The system uses gasification processes to convert waste products to electricity, heat and synthetic fuels. Lockheed Martin said that the solution addresses the current burden on landfill and fossil fuels, as well as the need for green baseload energy.
According to Concord Blue, it utilises a closed-loop system sustained by the by-products it creates, producing its own energy so that no additional fuel is needed once the process begins. Because waste is heated in an oxygen-starved environment the process cannot produce toxic oxidised pollutants, such as dioxins and furans.
The developer said that this means that there is no need for costly add-on scrubbers to clean emissions.
The patented technology is claimed to produce sustainable energy sources such as syngas, electricity, liquid fuels, and hydrogen, as well as to create many desirable byproducts, including biochar, clean water, ash (used in fertiliser and construction) and heat.
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