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Brightstar Solid Waste and Energy Recycling Facility: An Innovative Waste to Energy Technology

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Stephen C. Schwarz, Leah K. Richter

Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Paper No. NAWTEC10-1012, pp. 119-135; 17 pages
  • 10th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • 10th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, May 6–8, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Solid Waste Processing Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3594-4
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The Brightstar Environmental Solid Waste and Energy Recycling Facility (SWERF) is a municipal solid waste (MSW) to energy facility utilizing a gasification (pyrolysis) process. At this time, the only operational SWERF is in New South Wales, Australia. While pyrolysis of MSW is not in itself new, the Brightstar technology is believed to have reached a sufficient level of development, and to incorporate sufficient new features, to qualify as new and cutting edge. This paper presents findings from a trip to Australia to inspect the facility, as well as the results of a Request for Proposals process for a municipal client in Florida. Analysis includes process, environmental, and economic factors.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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