Waste conversion plant approved in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Ontario Power Authority and Elementa Group reach agreement on endothermic plant.

January 26, 2014
REW Staff

Elementa Group Inc. has reached an agreement with the Ontario Power Authority to operate a new commercial-scale, energy-from-waste demonstration project in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Elementa describes its waste conversion technology as using an endothermic high-temperature steam process.

According to an announcement by David Orazietti, an Ontario Provincial Parliament member for Sault Ste. Marie, after a decade of development and planning Elementa is preparing to introduce its non-incineration-based commercial waste management solution and alternative energy technology to the market.

“Our government’s landmark renewable energy strategy is leading the way in North America by supporting innovative alternative energy projects throughout the province that support high quality local jobs, reduce pressure on our electricity grid and help to clean the air we breathe,” says Orazietti,. “Elementa’s new waste-to-energy project will further diversify our local economy and strengthens Sault Ste. Marie's position as a true green energy leader.”

Elementa will operate the new plant, designed for converting 50,000 metric tons of nonrecyclable municipal solid waste, providing further recycling capabilities to the local community and contributing 10 megawatts of capacity to Ontario's grid system.

Elementa’s technology uses what it calls a patented and proprietary steam reformation chemistry that enables the generation of electricity while providing an alternative to landfilling residual waste streams.
The Elementa plant is required to meet all Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) operational requirements. Elementa’s technology is expected to surpass air, waste and water regulations prescribed by the MOE.

“We are proud to be locating our new plant at the city of Sault Ste. Marie and working with the city to bring our full-scale commercial plant into production,” says Jay Zwierschke, president, CEO and founder of Elementa. “This project will complement and support the vision of Sault Ste. Marie as the ‘Alternative Energy Capital of North America.’”

Elementa, based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, says it is preparing to complete all remaining project details and advance the project to construction phase.