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August 25, 2013

Officials watch pyrolysis in Germany

Mayor, LMU superintendent tour plants


The tumblers and separators in the facility sort materials based on their density, letting the more dense materials that are dangerous to burn like metals and glass fall, while the lighter, safer-to-burn materials move up into a grinder to be turned into pellets.

While the materials and processes are similar for the ones being planned for Logansport, Franklin and Hartman said they, Pyrolyzer and the consultants assisting with the project are still considering whether ALBA’s exact practices will be adopted at Logansport’s plant.

“If there’s a good revenue stream for pellets, they may use it,” Hartman said. “We want every side to make money. Our side — the citizens — we want to lower their electric rates, that’s our cost reduction. We want Pyrolyzer to make money too. It will be a win-win for everybody at that point.”

Franklin said he is not yet certain on the total cost of the trip, but that it was paid for through funds already appropriated by city council to William-Lynn-James, a consulting firm out of Indianapolis, for research and development costs for the project.

Franklin, as he has maintained in the past, said he plans to pursue the reimbursement of all consulting fees in negotiations with Pyrolyzer.

Franklin added he is still expecting negotiations with the company to go through October.

“In the U.S., we’ve never been forced to deal with trash,” Franklin said. “We’ve never been forced to deal with coal emissions. Now we’re going to have to. They’re both on a collision course for success.”

Hartman said he will be speaking about the trip at the next Utility Service Board meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Utility Board Room on the third floor of the City Building, 601 E. Broadway.

If you go: WHAT: Utility Service Board meeting WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday WHERE: Utility Board Room on third floor of the City Building, 601 E. Broadway WHY: Paul Hartman, Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent, will speak about his trip to Germany to visit a plant with technology like that which has been proposed to power Logansport.

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