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Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue proceed with bioenergy facility

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5000 homes and businesses in Herten, Germany, will soon benefit from a clean, renewable energy source as Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue begin phase two of a new power generation facility that will transform waste into energy.

Under phase two, Concord Blue has awarded Lockheed Martin Energy a US$43 million contract to proceed with all engineering, procurement and construction of the 5 megawatt (MW) plant with a planned completion date in 2017.

In 2014, the two companies announced plans to build the facility and have since successfully completed all planning, simulation, supplier logistics and preliminary design, clearing the way for the build to begin. "The Herten bioenergy facility will provide real benefits to the local area while demonstrating the promising capabilities and international potential of our bioenergy technologies," said Mo Vargas, Director of Bioenergy at Lockheed Martin Energy. "We are proud to partner with Concord Blue to help change the way our world addresses the growing challenges of clean energy and waste management."

The bioenergy facility transforms forestry waste to power using Concord Blue's Reformer technology, which converts waste to energy through a process called advanced gasification. The technology can convert nearly any kind of organic waste into clean, sustainable energy. Unlike other available processes that use hazardous incineration methods, Concord Blue's patented solution converts waste material using heat transfer, which results in no harmful byproducts.

The facility's five MW of energy output is enough to power about 5000 homes and businesses. To create its power, the plant will process 50 000 tpy of raw waste, significantly reducing the need for landfill use.

"The construction of the Herten Project marks an important milestone for our partnership with Lockheed Martin. We continue to be extremely pleased with the quality of work and value they provide to this project and will provide for many projects to come," said Charlie Thannhaeuser, Chairman and CEO of Concord Blue.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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