Delta Thermo Energy (DTE) of Trevose, Pennsylvania wants to build a 50,000 square feet waste-to-energy municipal solid waste facility in the city. The facility will cost around $45-$55 million to build, said Robert Van Naarden, president of the company.
Naarden pitched the project to city council members last Tuesday. He said the facility utilizes technology developed in South Korea, Japan, and Germany to convert refuse into clean fuel through a process called hydrothermal decomposition.
He said the four-acre waste disposal facility will produce “no noise” and “no odor.” He explained how the facility will take trash and convert it to energy: waste is presorted at the facility and placed into a pit, said Naarden. He said the waste is then run through a pressure cooker like system that ultimately produces engineered pulverized fuel, a black substance that resembles crumbed soil.