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Peat International Commissions Its First PTDR-100 Waste Remediation System

May 27, 2008

By Harish Joshi

Peat International Inc. recently commissioned its first Plasma Thermal destruction and recovery (PTDR) system.

The company believes that its PTDR systems will eventually be treating dangerous hospital and industrial wastes in several Asian countries and U.S. states.

Peat commissioned the first 60-kilogram-per-hour PTDR-100 system near the Jayaben Modi Hospital in Ankleshwar, India.

PTDR uses plasma torches to convert waste into a synthetic gas consisting mainly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, which can be used for electricity and hot water generation.

Various Wastes Can Be Treated
The system can treat “sharps,” trace chemotherapy wastes and other biomedical wastes; universal/industrial wastes such as electronic scrap, solvents, and sludges; contaminated soils; incinerator fly ash; and pharmaceutical wastes, Peat spokesper-son Daniel Ripes told HWSA.

Such wastes, if not properly disposed of, can cause cancers, blood and immune diseases, and other health problems, according to the company.

Development of the PTDR-100 took about one year and cost roughly $1.5 million, Ripes said. The in-stalled capital cost for the system is less than $0.04 per pound, and operation and maintenance costs can be as low as $0.26 per pound, he noted.

There are several ongoing sales opportunities involving PTDR technologies that Peat is pursuing, Ripes said. The company is targeting China, India, Japan, Korean, Taiwan, Alabama, California, and Wisconsin for installation of PTDR systems, he noted. Overall, Peat expects to commission more than 50 PTDR-100 units within the next five years.

The California Department of Public Health and Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality have listed Peat's PTDR technology as an approved alternative medical waste treatment technology.

Contact: Daniel Ripes, Peat International, (847) 559-8567.