Environmental Protection

GEM Intends to Build WTE Facilities with Cake Energy

General Environmental Management, Inc. of Pomona, Calif., has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Cake Energy, LLC, a privately held waste-to-energy technology company, to build and operate waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the Western United States.

"We are excited to announce this LOI for the proposed joint venture with Cake Energy," said GEM Chief Executive Officer Tim Koziol. "As previously announced, GEM has committed to entering the WTE market and we could not have found a better partner than Cake Energy. Their technology is truly unique and revolutionary in dealing with the growing problem of managing primary sewage waste, also known as sludge. A single Cake WTE plant can process up to 120 tons a day of sludge. Their process dries and atomizes wet sludge for use as the primary dry fuel for the ongoing drying, deodorizing and sterilizing of all toxins. Surplus fuel, produced from the drying process, is used as a high grade atomized fuel for alternate power generation. Additionally, 60 percent of the evaporated water can be recaptured for recycle. It is a truly remarkable technology."

The goal of the venture is for GEM and Cake to design, build, own and operate sludge processing WTE plants, charge municipalities a flat price per ton of waste processed, and sell the excess energy generated.

Cake Energy Chief Executive Officer Peter Douglas commented, "The design engineers have devoted their energies over the past four years to ensure the technical specifications and performance of pilot projects deliver the outputs that have been predicted in the design specifications. The Chief Design Engineer and Inventor, Mr. Patrick Potter, has specialized in the design, installation and operation of many energy recuperation projects, specifically in the elimination of waste materials, throughout the UK and Australasia for more than 40 years. Additionally, Cake has worldwide patent applications for four of the critical process components, as well as the overall process."

Lisa Heinz, director and executive vice president of Corporate Finance for Cake Energy, added, "The Heinz family has invested into this technology, and we are very excited about the partnership and its environmentally friendly initiatives. We've evaluated countless technologies to deal with this seldom referenced but highly pertinent issue. In our search, we found this waste-to-energy process superior to all others, offering a total solution to managing sewer waste while generating renewable energy."

GEM is a full-service hazardous waste management and environmental services firm providing integrated environmental solutions managed through its proprietary Web-based enterprise software, GEMWare, including the following service offering: management and transportation of waste; design and management of on-site waste treatment systems; management of large remediation projects; response to environmental incidents and spills; and environmental, health and safety compliance. The company has five field service locations and one treatment, storage, and disposal facility.

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