FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oahu, Hawaii – June 18, 2006 – Carbon Diversion, Inc., a high tech waste conversion company, has successfully operated a new technology that can efficiently and effectively convert everything from tree trimmings to agricultural and biomedical waste and tires into valuable carbon products which could reduce landfills by 30%. The revolutionary technology, called Flash CarbonizationTM
, can also be modified for co-generation to produce electricity.
Over the next several weeks and months, the Flash CarbonizationTM
technology will be on display at the Campbell Industrial Park, Kapolei Oahu Hawaii to visiting members from state government agencies, the international business community and private investors.
Carbon Diversion Inc., a company dedicated to sustainability and renewable energy, pioneers the Flash CarbonizationTM
process, patented in 2003.
On Wednesday, June 7, Carbon Diversion ran the official ‘first run’ of the Flash CarbonizationTM
process at the Campbell Industrial Park Kapolei Oahu. Kiawi wood that otherwise would have gone to the over-capacity landfill was converted into lump charcoal. The charcoal is being sold as part of the local cooking charcoal supply.
“We believe this technology is world-changing and are committed to servicing the global community,” said Carbon Diversion CEO Michael Lurvey. “Our mission is to be a leader in triple-bottom line business, proving that we can make a better world for our children – The goal is to be responsible for where products go after they’ve been used. At the same time, we can extend the value of natural resources that have traditionally been thought of as waste.”
The Flash CarbonizationTM
process relies on controlled burns at high pressure to dramatically increase carbonization speed and quality. The result is wood (biomass) can be converted into charcoal as quickly as 30 minutes, not 3 to 10 days, and has 200% more energy value than current commercial technologies. To begin the Flash CarbonizationTM
process, wood is loaded with a crane and packed into a vertical reactor chamber. The chamber is sealed and a flash fire is ignited at the base of the chamber. Heat released by the fire triggers the transformation of wood into charcoal, sped up by a continuous flow of oxygen being pumped into the sealed reactor. Many organic materials as well as tires and biomedical waste can substitute wood. The Flash CarbonizationTM
process eliminates greenhouse gases by converting the exhaust into steam. With the addition of a turbine, the steam can produce electricity.
The reactor used in the Flash CarbonizationTM
process stands nine feet tall, three feet in diameter and requires only a ½ acre for operations. Unlike larger refineries, these reactors are easily transported, have lower capital requirements and are neighborhood friendly to serve small and rural communities. The reactors systems are simple to use, requiring a minimum of two on-site operators.
Carbon Diversion, situated in Hawaii, is in an extremely strategic position to service partners in North America as well as Pacific Rim Countries including Asia, Australia and the smaller Countries of the Pacific Basin.
“The reactor and entire system have been designed to be portable and scalable – we’ve talked about a mobile model for developing communities that is mounted on a truck and driven around from one village to the next,” Lurvey said.
Carbon Diversion plans to launch operations in Hawaii and seeks strong partners for expansion. As part of a dedication to bring the technology to the greatest number of markets, the company’s strategy is to lease the technology to partners thereby reducing the upfront capital investment.
The technology is an ideal solution as a renewable energy source in developing countries and is a needed recycling system for industrialized nations (green waste in the United States accounts for 1/3 of the waste stream and emits green house emissions when it decomposes).
There are also some important high end uses for the technology. Coconut shells, for example, are the source for one of the highest grades of activated carbon in the world, which are used in liquid and gaseous filtering applications and by the EPA to clean up environmental hazards.
Carbon Diversion, Inc. is on the path to becoming a leader in waste conversion technologies. The company is committed to discovering, developing and promoting sustainability and renewable energy through the use of the Flash CarbonizationTM
Michael Lurvey, CEO
Carbon Diversion, Inc.
85-979 Farrington Highway, Suite C
Waianae, HI 96792
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