Photo Credit: Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs
Outside the newly-constructed Science Center in Bartlett Hall, the Honorable Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, saw the gasification project, an Army-funded collaboration between West Point and SUNY Cobleskill. The project investigates waste-to-energy gasification technologies both for applications on forward operating bases and installations. Gasification attempts to convert the waste feed to a combustible gas that can run a generator or create steam to provide energy. Engineers at SUNY Cobleskill built a portable WTE gasifier trailer that can power an 18 kilowatt generator on waste. West Point cadets and faculty will operate this gasifier trailer and conduct experiments with it to further study this technology. A similar trailer is being sent to SOUTHCOM to be part of engagement operations in Central and South America.