New nonprofit trade association designed to advance the waste conversion technology industry.
The Southern Waste Information eXchange Inc. (SWIX), Tallahassee, Fla., has announced the formation of the Waste Conversion Technology Association Inc. (WCTA). The mission of the new association is to promote the conversion and responsible use of waste materials for energy and fuel applications.
The WCTA occupies the unique space between the private and public sectors to increase the demand, distribution infrastructure, and capacity for energy generation and the generation of transportation fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, and other waste derived fuels such as syngas and biogas as well as fuels for heat, electric power generation and natural gas pipeline injection.
SWIX Executive Director Gene Jones says the idea to form an association came out of the Waste Conversion Technology Conference and Trade Show held in San Diego in September. SWIX has organized the conference for the last six years. “I had dinner with some of our sponsors and industry contacts,” says Jones. “We discussed the formation of the trade association to help foster the development of the waste conversion industry.”
The WCTA carries out its mission by providing forums for the public and private sectors to exchange ideas, strategies, and ultimately serve as an educational resource for the development of a sustainable waste to energy/fuel conversion technologies such as:
- plasma torch; and
- anaerobic digestion.
In addition, WCTA coordinates with educational institutions in the dialogue of research and practical applications for delivering innovation with the goal of improving the economics of waste to renewable fuel and energy options. For more information or to join, visit www.wasteconversion.org.