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Canada's opportunity for waste-to-energy development via landfill elimination

Across Europe and around the world, Waste-to-Energy has become a well-established and effective tool for waste management. Varme Energy envisions a future where we no longer landfill our waste in Canada. Rather, we recognize the commodity value that our waste represents as a fuel source and plan to extract the energy to produce usable heat and electricity and capture the carbon dioxide emissions associated with it.
 

Just one of our energy from waste plants would eliminate over 8.2 billion pounds of garbage from entering landfills over 25 years. A single facility will generate 60 MWh of baseload steam over 90% of the year or 20 MWh of locally generated and electricity. 

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The Challenge

Our Waste Won't Wait

Waste is increasing globally. According to the one of the most recent Global Bank Report's on municipal solid waste, global waste volumes are estimated to grow by 70% by 2050. Most of this is destined for landfills where it will remain for decades before it breaks down.

In Canada, 97% of our post-recycled waste is currently going to landfills. This accumulation of waste is accounting for roughly 23% of our country's methane emissions which is a 28X more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. 

Our waste won’t wait. We need proven solutions, collective action, and a sense of urgency to convert our problems into future opportunities. For our environment. For our future.

Global waste volumes are estimated to grow by 70% by 2050

- World Bank Report (2018)

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Our Solution

Closing the Carbon Circle

Varme Energy is deploying waste-to-energy facilities coupled with post-combustion carbon capture and sequestration. These plants will extract the energy from our waste to provide 97% decarbonized baseload steam for district heating, industrial processes, or produce electricity. Each facility will also produce between 100,000-200,000 tonnes of captured CO2 for sequestration or utilization. 

We are closing the carbon circle of our waste.

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AITOS Gasification Technology (AGT) - An enhanced two-stage combustion process 

  • Patented, and majority owned and controlled by GTH. Varme owns the rights to this technology in North America.

  • Inherently low NOx and SOx due to high burn temperature,  surpassing all EU emissions regulations.

  • Modular and scalable at 50,000 tonnes/year/oven increments.

  • Flexibility on daily and weekly variations in the calorific value of waste. An adaptive cruise control maintains stable steam production by varying 17 inputs.

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Waste-to-Energy plant in Stavanger, Norway operating with the Aitos Gasification Technology 

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