Bioenergy

A Minnesota County Receives Grant to Study Plasma Gasification

International Falls, Minnesota [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed a bill appropriating a $400,000 grant to the Koochiching Economic Development Authority (KEDA) for a plasma gasification feasibility study. The proposed plasma gasification operation would use garbage and biomass by superheating the materials in an oxygen-deprived vessel and converting them into renewable energy. The process provides an environmentally friendly alternative to land filling. The feasibility study will examine the scope and size of the project and answer questions such as where the waste will come from, who will buy the energy, emissions output and operational issues.