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Landfill Partners for First in Florida Innovative Research

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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Photo: Michael Corey (Operator), Frederick Graff (Operator), Devin Walker (CEO/Co-Founder), and Henry Norris Citrus County Solid Waste Management Director

T2C-Energy demo staff: Michael Corey (Operator), Frederick Graff (Operator), Donny Jones (Operator), Ian Jones (Operator), Rob West (Operations Manager), and Devin Walker (CEO/Co-Founder).

Landfill Partners for First in Florida Innovative Research

Good things come out of professional conferences. The relationship between T2C-Energy and Citrus County Landfill first started back in 2016 when Henry Norris, Solid Waste Director and Devin Walker, CEO of T2C met at a Florida Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) conference and began a discussion about a possible partnership.  A partnership that would come to fruition and become the first of its kind in Florida.

“Initially we wanted to establish a collaborative effort between various County Landfills, University of South Florida, and T2C-Energy in order to understand the needs of the waste industry and develop a solution that could fit those needs,” said Mr. Walker. “Henry was receptive to the idea of waste derived fuel and over the past three years this eventually allowed us to reach the point we are today in demonstrating the technology on site at Citrus County Landfill.”  The goal of the demo is to show the efficiency and quality of fuel that can be produced from the raw landfill gas generated at the landfill.

T2C-Energy began back in 2012 as a University of South Florida spin-off company by the technology developers.  Through the support of private (USCleantech), Federal (Department of Energy), and State (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) agencies, the company has scaled the technology out of the lab and to the pilot/demonstration level.

The waste to diesel conversion process offers an opportunity to decarbonize the entire waste industry.  The amount of landfill gas generated at the Citrus County Central Landfill would produce enough renewable diesel fuel to not only fuel all the heavy equipment and diesel trucks operated by the landfill but also supply the diesel fuel needs of all County owned and operated diesel engines.  This would decarbonize the entire County fleet of diesel-powered engines.  “It would be quite a powerful statement if the County could say that all of our diesel engines are powered by a 100% waste derived renewable fuel,” said Mr. Norris.

This technology has the backing of many State and Federal agencies as well as companies abroad. It is important to remember this technology is still in the research and development stages and has yet to see full scale operations. Citrus County will continue to support T2C-Energy’s efforts and applauds forward thinking and innovative developments resulting in better ways to manage our resources. Citrus County is committed to good environmental stewardship and with its Gulf waters, three first magnitude springs, state forest and fresh water lakes chain, seizing the opportunity to be a part of innovative research with the primary goal of commercializing technology that will provide economic opportunity and job creation, while decarbonizing the waste industry is a perfect fit.

For more information on the Citrus County Landfill phone, 352-527-7670.


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