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Peat International Commissions Its First PTDR-100 Waste Remediation
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
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
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.