Lockheed Martin opens advanced bioenergy plant in New York

Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has opened a new bioenergy facility in Owego, New York, using Concord Blue’s advanced technology that will convert waste into clean, renewable energy.

Prior to ribbon cutting, Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated the end-to-end capability of the new system.

The demonstration validated its ability to convert waste material into energy for the company’s Owego operations, where it designs and builds space-flight hardware, military helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft.

“This new bioenergy technology can change the way our world addresses clean energy and waste management challenges,” said Frank Armijo, VP of Lockheed Martin Energy.

“At our bioenergy facility in Owego, we’re able to reduce our own energy costs while also demonstrating the groundbreaking capability of our technology to potential users.”

This self-sustaining system can transform waste into electricity through a process called advanced gasification with four key steps:

  • Waste collection: Wood-waste, municipal solid waste, industrial waste, and more can be collected and used as input. The Owego facility will initially use wood waste, with plans to transition to municipal, commercial, or industrial waste to create its power in the future.
  • Waste conditioning: Metal, glass, and other materials are removed and the waste is dried to specification.
  • Gas creation: Proprietary heat carrier spheres are heated and mixed in with the organic waste. Once a certain temperature is reached, the solid waste turns into gas, which then travels to a reforming vessel where the gas is turned into synthesis gas (syngas).
  • Power generation: The syngas is then used to fuel a combustion engine that produces electricity. Alternatively, the syngas can also be used to produce hydrogen and biofuels.

Unlike incineration, the process is oxygen-free and flame-free, which means no harmful by-products are produced, emissions are limited, and waste going to landfills is greatly reduced.

Building off experience gained during development of the Owego facility, Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue recently began construction on a bioenergy plant in Herten, Germany.

The facility will convert 50,000 tonnes of feedstock per year into 5MW of energy output, enough to power about 5,000 local homes and businesses.

Concord Blue’s unique technology benefits the environment, fulfilling all international, US Environmental Protection Agency, and European regulations for renewable energy and air emissions.

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