U.S. Science & Technology's Concept Waste-to-Energy Facility

U.S. Science and Technology's state of the art waste-to-energy facilities will utilize plasma gasification as the tool and inspiration for its waste treatment plants.

The Facility
A 2.5 acre facility completely enclosed in an innovative industrial-type shell structure is geared to process tons of municipal waste 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The self-sustaining facility is approximately 900 feet in length and 85 feet at its highest point. The exterior is composed of rammed earth and a curtain wall system of glazing and corrosion-retardant metal.

The sky-lit east-west axis and glazed walls confer openness and give transparency of the waste-to-energy process to the public. Adjacent to the main plant is a 28,000 square-foot circular visitor's center and 140,000 square-foot linear organic hydroponic greenhouse which utilizes clean byproduct gas from the waste treatment process. There are also incubation labs on the southwest end of the plant which are designated for research and development of the resources produced by the waste-treatment process.

The facility is organized about a dominant east-west axis, which defines the operational path of travel for the waste. This is the axis of transformation representing the conversion of waste to useful products, that is, chaos to order. The waste starts its journey at the east end of the long axis moving towards the plasma gasifier at the center of the building. After the material has been processed it continues west towards the incubation labs and shipping dock, where it can be sent to production facilities.

Visitors will follow the path of waste through the plant viewing production from a raised walkway; visitors can experience, first hand, the transformation of municipal waste into abundant resources.

Facility concept design by Nacht & Lewis Architects.