Blue is Green

Lockheed Martin, Concord Blue sign contract to build new bioenergy facility

Herten, Germany was once a city known for the abundant amount of coal produced. Now, due to the decline of coal mining and the great potential for energy technologies, the future of Herten looks much different.

Following last month’s announcement of Lockheed Martin’s selection as the exclusive manufacturing provider of the Concord Blue Reformer®, Lockheed Martin announced November 19 that it has signed a contract with Concord Blue to build a power generation facility in Herten, Germany.

The five-megawatt bioenergy facility will transform forestry waste to generate power using Concord Blue’s Reformer technology, which converts waste to energy using advanced gasification. Power generated from the facility will provide a new, clean energy source to meet the needs of 5,000 homes and businesses.

“Lockheed Martin is excited to manufacture the Concord Blue technology, which advances how the world addresses clean energy and waste reduction challenges,” said Mauricio “Mo” Vargas, bioenergy lead of new ventures for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business. “The Herten facility will demonstrate the accessibility of innovative energy technology to global customers.”

In 2013, Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue signed an agreement to develop an advanced waste conversion system to address waste disposal, energy security and climate control issues through clean energy production.

“The partnership with Lockheed Martin, a global technology leader, was an important milestone for Concord Blue,” says Concord Blue founder and CEO Charlie Thannhaeuser. “Together with Lockheed Martin, we have the ability to further refine our process, standardize and modularize our solution, and take advantage of their global footprint and excellent network, as well as offer our clients a full engineering, procurement and construction [EPC] contract containing all market standard conditions to provide an economically attractive investment opportunity.”

Concord Blue’s Reformer technology is feedstock-flexible, converting nearly any kind of organic waste into clean, sustainable energy. Unlike other available waste-to-energy processes, Concord Blue’s unique process employs a patented technology called steam thermolysis to convert waste material using heat transfer instead of incineration – efficiently producing the highest quality syngas without combustion.

Posted November 19, 2014

A Concord Blue Reformer® in Germany A Concord Blue Reformer® in Germany. Photo courtesy Concord Blue.

Concord Blue Infographic Click to see full infographic and learn how it works (courtesy Concord Blue).