Test project marks introduction of FASC's KDS system to U.K. marketA $1-million (U.S.) agreement signed by Vancouver-based First American Scientific Corp (FASC) and the government of the United Kingdom includes the sale of one complete KDS system to the government-sponsored Waste Resources Action Program (WRAP). Under the agreement, WRAP will fund an 18-month demonstration of the KDS technology and will develop value-enhanced end products from the output of the KDS unit.
The demonstration project will mark the introduction into the U.K. and the European Union of FASC's patented KDS Micronex(tm) system, a one-step process for drying and grinding waste biomass and other waste materials into a fine dry combustible fuel or value-added industrial feedstock.
The demonstration project will involve the purchase and installation of the waste-to-energy KDS system at an industrial site in England. The $1 million in funding will also pay for market and scientific research, re-design and adaptation costs for the equipment, and supplementary systems for industry-specific applications. FASC engineering staff will manage the project, whose goals are to demonstrate the KDS technology in a working environment, optimize ancillary equipment to improve its efficiency, and determine markets for recycled end products.
WRAP was created by the U.K. government to work with industry, the public sector and the general public to improve waste management in the U.K. by increasing recycling. Set up as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by substantial government funding from various agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It focuses particularly on creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products and removing barriers to waste minimization, re-use and recycling. More information on the program is available on the WRAP Web site, www.wrap.org.uk.
FASC president Brian Nichols noted that the European market, with its stringent environmental legislation, high costs for waste disposal and high energy costs "create a significant opportunity for our technology. The project will commence immediately," he added. More information on FASC's process is available on the company's Web site, www.fasc.net.