A Shawnee-based energy company intends to help the world tackle two of its toughest problems at the same time.
Evolution Renewable Energy Inc., a five-person partnership, is trying to line up investors to commercialize its process for turning trash into electricity.
Tony Wall, the company's chief financial officer, calls the process “one of the most significant developments of the 21st century.”
Wall said it can deal with the “unbelievable amount” of waste being created by society, while providing a self-sustaining source of electrical generation.
He said the fledgling company is raising money to build a mobile prototype that uses its “sustained thermokinetic accelerated radiation technology,” known as STAR TEK.
CEO Garry Sexton said the process works on a molecular level, creating energy by rapidly breaking down waste material.
“We decrease the decomposition time from what would normally take several hundred or a thousand years into a few seconds or a minute,” he said. “During that time, we're actually breaking it apart in a way that would occur naturally.”
Sexton said it is a cheaper way to produce electricity.
“By utilizing waste materials as the fuel, or what we call feedstock, we can reduce the cost of production,” said Sexton, an engineer with extensive experience in South Korea and China. “At the same time, we eliminate some environmental problems.”
He said Evolution's process, which he described as a “flameless, conversion technology,” uses up about 98 percent of its feedstock, leaving behind an inert product free of chemicals or pathogens that can be used for other purposes or put into a landfill.
Wall said leftover ashcan be used in concrete, road materials or anything else that needs filler.