The testing programme took place at TMS's commercial-scale demonstration plant and testing laboratory in King William, Virginia. This testing is the result of the company's engagement of potential biomass customers as TMS begins to commercialise its WAVEdri® 3.0 industrial drying technology.
The testing was undertaken in conjunction with technology application discussions with McGill Environmental Systems (McGill). McGill specialises in manufacturing premium compost products through the processing and recycling of non-hazardous, biodegradable byproducts, foodwaste and residuals from municipal, industrial and agribusiness sources. McGill designs, builds, and operates large state-of-the-art indoor facilities, owns three facilities in the US and two in Ireland and licenses and operates one facility in Florida. McGill also provides management services for biodegradables to hundreds of municipalities and industrial operations.
The intent of the testing is to determine the suitability of WAVEdri 3.0 to provide increased efficiency, to lower production costs and to provide McGill with significant product development opportunities.
TMS is pleased that the drying efficiencies reported during this batch test are higher than any materials tested by TMS to date, lending itself to further evaluating a significant market opportunity. The market for industrial compost is very large. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates there are 3500 municipal composting operations in the US. Moisture removal is a fundamental processing step in converting industrial-scale commercial compost to value-added soil products.
TMS is evaluating material handling strategies to run large-scale continuous testing with commercial industrial composters, and continue the technology review with McGill.
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