Waste To Energy Opportunities In The Ocean’s Giant Floating Landfills Is Another Man’s Treasure One Man’s
Floating Landfills in Our Oceans <ul><li>North Pacific Subtropical Gyre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A slowly moving, clockwise s...
Garbage Map
How Much Waste? <ul><li>Over 1/2 pound of debris for every 100 square meters </li></ul><ul><li>To a depth of 30 meters </l...
How It Gets There <ul><li>Map of current drift over 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Objects start near coasts and end in gyre <...
Plastic Is Forever <ul><li>Plastic doesn’t biodegrade by any natural process </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic  photodegrades  int...
Nurdles are Chemical Sponges <ul><li>Nurdles get sucked up by filter feeders and damage their bodies.  </li></ul><ul><li>I...
Other Hazards of Plastic <ul><li>Death </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entanglement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ghost Fishing </li></...
Waste From 3/12 Mile Trawl <ul><li>a drum of hazardous chemicals;  </li></ul><ul><li>an inflated volleyball, half covered ...
It Gets Worse <ul><li>There are five such gyres on Earth, not just one! </li></ul>
Opportunity In Disguise? <ul><li>Seen as problem… </li></ul><ul><li>Biologists are studying </li></ul><ul><li>Activists ar...
Waste to Energy is the Solution <ul><li>Gasification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>process that converts carbonaceous materials, s...
Current Waste To Energy Success <ul><li>Waste Management operates 16 waste-to-energy facilities and five independent power...
The Process <ul><li>Collect floating debris </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skimmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nets </li></ul></ul>...
Processing Options <ul><li>Option A: Transport to land-based plant </li></ul><ul><li>Option B: Process on specially built ...
Benefits <ul><li>Cleaner oceans </li></ul><ul><li>More plankton for wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer poisons in foodchain ...
Simplistic Timeline <ul><li>7,000,000 tons in gyre </li></ul><ul><li>1,300 tons per day capacity at one  current waste to ...
Contact <ul><li>Tim Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Midas Management Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>(608) 270-9688 </li></ul><ul><...
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  1. 1. Waste To Energy Opportunities In The Ocean’s Giant Floating Landfills Is Another Man’s Treasure One Man’s
  2. 2. Floating Landfills in Our Oceans <ul><li>North Pacific Subtropical Gyre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents created by a high-pressure system of air currents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The area is an oceanic desert , filled with tiny phytoplankton but few big fish or mammals. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It's the largest landfill in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Size of a continent </li></ul>
  3. 3. Garbage Map
  4. 4. How Much Waste? <ul><li>Over 1/2 pound of debris for every 100 square meters </li></ul><ul><li>To a depth of 30 meters </li></ul><ul><li>Totals over 7,000,000 tons! </li></ul><ul><li>6 pounds of plastic waste per pound of plankton </li></ul>
  5. 5. How It Gets There <ul><li>Map of current drift over 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Objects start near coasts and end in gyre </li></ul>
  6. 6. Plastic Is Forever <ul><li>Plastic doesn’t biodegrade by any natural process </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic photodegrades into small bits in sunlight </li></ul><ul><li>Small bits are called nurdles </li></ul>
  7. 7. Nurdles are Chemical Sponges <ul><li>Nurdles get sucked up by filter feeders and damage their bodies. </li></ul><ul><li>Ingesting plastic creates deadly blockages </li></ul><ul><li>Hormone poisoning for brain activity and reproduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastics accumulate non-water-soluble poisons. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic pellets have been found to accumulate up to one million times the level of these poisons that are floating in the water itself. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poison-filled masses threaten the entire food chain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlier at the top of the food chain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poison concentrates the higher up the food chain you go </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Other Hazards of Plastic <ul><li>Death </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entanglement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ghost Fishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Derelict Fishing Gear </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ecosystem Damage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Damage to Coral Reefs </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Waste From 3/12 Mile Trawl <ul><li>a drum of hazardous chemicals; </li></ul><ul><li>an inflated volleyball, half covered in gooseneck barnacles; </li></ul><ul><li>a plastic coat hanger with a swivel hook; </li></ul><ul><li>a cathode-ray tube for a nineteen-inch TV; </li></ul><ul><li>an inflated truck tire mounted on a steel rim; </li></ul><ul><li>numerous plastic, and some glass, fishing floats; </li></ul><ul><li>a gallon bleach bottle that was so brittle it crumbled in our hands; </li></ul><ul><li>and a menacing medusa of tangled net lines and hawsers </li></ul>
  10. 10. It Gets Worse <ul><li>There are five such gyres on Earth, not just one! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Opportunity In Disguise? <ul><li>Seen as problem… </li></ul><ul><li>Biologists are studying </li></ul><ul><li>Activists are writing about it </li></ul><ul><li>I see it as a huge opportunity… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Waste to Energy is the Solution <ul><li>Gasification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>process that converts carbonaceous materials, such as plastics into syngas, a fuel. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gasification of fossil fuels is currently widely used on industrial scales to generate electricity. </li></ul><ul><li>Almost any type of organic material can be used as the raw material for gasification, such as wood, biomass, or even plastic waste. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Current Waste To Energy Success <ul><li>Waste Management operates 16 waste-to-energy facilities and five independent power production plants </li></ul><ul><li>Located in the Northeast and in Florida, California and Washington. </li></ul><ul><li>Together, plants have the capacity to process more than 21,000 tons of waste per day. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Process <ul><li>Collect floating debris </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skimmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacuumpump system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sort out metals for recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Gasify </li></ul>
  15. 15. Processing Options <ul><li>Option A: Transport to land-based plant </li></ul><ul><li>Option B: Process on specially built factory ships </li></ul>
  16. 16. Benefits <ul><li>Cleaner oceans </li></ul><ul><li>More plankton for wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer poisons in foodchain </li></ul><ul><li>Less ocean dumping as waste to energy grabs hold </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable resource (plastic is here to stay) </li></ul><ul><li>Ease stressed power grids in Southwest USA and around the globe </li></ul><ul><li>Job creation </li></ul><ul><li>Shareholder value </li></ul>
  17. 17. Simplistic Timeline <ul><li>7,000,000 tons in gyre </li></ul><ul><li>1,300 tons per day capacity at one current waste to energy plant </li></ul><ul><li>Time to clean up = 14 years </li></ul>
  18. 18. Contact <ul><li>Tim Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Midas Management Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>(608) 270-9688 </li></ul><ul><li>www.MidasManagementConsulting.com </li></ul>

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