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AFE plans renewable energy project in Milwaukee

Alliance Federated Energy LLC, Milwaukee, on Monday announced the development of Project Apollo, a 25-megawatt renewable energy project to be located in Milwaukee.

Project Apollo plans to use Westinghouse Plasma Corp.’s plasma gasification technology to process municipal and industrial wastes into renewable energy. Because there is no combustion, the waste is not burned but converted into its original elemental form, creating significant quantities of clean syngas that can be used to generate electricity, steam or bio-fuels, according to a press release.

There are several facilities operating commercially around the world using WPC technology and several more in final design phase and or construction. The $225-million project is expected to create more than 250 jobs during the construction process and employ 45 full-time people, according to the release.

About 30 percent of the waste feedstock is already committed from Badger Disposal of Wisconsin. Discussions are under way with third parties for the sale of syngas and electricity.

AFE plans to have the project operational in late 2013, according to the release.

The first phase of the renewable energy facility is expected to process approximately 1,200 tons of municipal and industrial waste per day, generating enough clean energy to power roughly 20,000 homes in the Milwaukee area.

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