Claims made by Sustainable Power Corp state that fossil fuels will not be needed for the generation of electricity, and that another source of sustainable power will be used instead, in the form of municipal waste. This makes many people, including me, skeptical. There are many municipal waste to energy plants in operation, and each has disadvantages. Some of these plants are not very efficient, using just as much or more energy during the process as they create. This is counter productive, because there is little or no net energy gain. Many times the biogas or other biofuel products produced are low heat energy fuels, so they are not very effective either. In addition, many municipal waste to energy plants still cause pollutions and toxins to be released into the air, as well as fly-ash which can contain heavy metals that can accumulate in the body.
There is a global dependence on electricity, and many times this electricity is generated using coal and other fossil fuels, which does great environmental damage and relies on a limited natural resource that can not be replaced. Alternative energy sources are needed for the generation of electricity, to end the dependence on fossil fuels and foreign energy sources like oil, and that seems to be what SSTP is offering. But is it too good to be true, and what are the disadvantages? If it can be done, then why hasn't another waste to energy plant already operating done it before now? The answer that I found concerns the innovative new technology and patented process that is used by the company to turn municipal waste into a biogas called Vertroleum®, which is then used to power generators that generate electricity from the biogas. The patented process is called the Riviera process, and it is quite similar to gas pyrolysis, only much more effective. Sustainable Power Corp. has used advanced technology to create a municipal waste to energy conversion process which is ten times more efficient and effective as the usual waste to energy incineration plants. This means a much higher electricity generation potential. The Riviera process has much less pollution than other waste to energy methods, which is another benefit because it is a lot more eco friendly.
So who is Sustainable Power Corp., and what are the disadvantages of their municipal waste to energy conversion process? Sustainable Power Corp. was started in 2006, and provides green energy sources internationally. The focus of the company is environmentally safe energy generation, and the company has made great strides in this direction since it was started. The process used to create energy and biofuels from municipal waste, the patented Riviera process, is a significant advancement in alternative energy technology and is extremely efficient. It has much lower pollution and emission levels, it produces high heat fuels, there is a large net energy gain, there is no flyash or toxins released, no water is wasted, and the biomass used in the process is municipal waste and not food feedstock. This eliminates the controversy that occurs over most biofuels, because they are made with corn, soybeans, and other feedstock that could be used in the food chain instead. I can not find any disadvantages to this municipal waste to energy conversion process, or the resulting biogas and electricity generation. With fossil fuels being depleted rapidly, waste to energy programs which are efficient and minimize pollution will become an important alternative energy source in the future. Sustainable Power Corp. appears to be in the lead in this industry, and may play a big part in supplying the global energy needs of the future.