IST Energy System Turns Trash into Clean Energy

IST Energy on Jan. 19 announced the launch of its new GEM waste-to-energy conversion system, which affordably creates clean energy from post-consumer waste.

GEM is the first compact and mobile waste-to-energy system, making it ideally suited for onsite installation at any location producing at least two tons of trash daily. Customer demonstrations are currently being scheduled and initial deliveries are planned for this summer.

In addition to eliminating 95 percent of daily consumer waste, such as paper, plastic, food, wood and agricultural materials, GEM doubles as a clean energy producer. Through a patent-pending process, the system converts everyday trash into small pellets that are, in turn, converted into electricity and gas heat.

"GEM is the right product at the right time," said Stu Haber, president and chief executive officer of IST Energy. "[It] has created a value for every bag of trash we generate -- first by eliminating the need for disposal and then by converting it into energy. This model can save businesses, institutions, and municipalities hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Never have sustainability and environmental stewardship been more of a focal point for Americans, especially considering President Obama’s goals for energy independence."

One GEM unit processes up to three tons of waste daily, providing the energy to power and heat a 200,000-square-foot building housing more than 500 people – reducing annual waste disposal and energy costs by about $250,000. Venues that are ideal for use include universities, hospitals, malls, resorts, amusement parks, arenas, stadiums, large apartment complexes, office buildings and industrial plants, as well as city and town transfer stations.

GEM also powers itself with the clean energy it produces, supplying users with a self-sustaining alternative energy source.

The compact system is eight feet high and covers about the size of three standard parking spaces. It presently is being demonstrated to potential customers at the Boston-area headquarters of Infoscitex Corp., IST Energy’s parent company.

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