Bluesphere breaks ground on North Carolina project

By Bluesphere Corp. | March 26, 2015

Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, recently announced that on March 23 it broke ground on both its first waste-to-energy project and new U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In attendance for this ground breaking was the Mayor of Charlotte Daniel Clodfelter and corporate representatives from Duke Energy, which has contracted to purchase electricity which will be produced from the ongoing conversion generated by this project. "Bluesphere's presence in Charlotte confirms our commitment to clean, renewable energy and the Smart City concept," said Clodfelter at the event. Smart City is a new program in Charlotte focused on new projects and programs focused on using technology to drive sustainability and innovation.

The Bluesphere facility will produce 5.2 MW of clean energy from uneaten food that would normally end up in local landfills. That electricity will then be sold to Duke Energy to provide power to local homes and businesses.

The National Resource Defense Council estimates roughly 40 percent of food is wasted in the United States every year, amounting to a $165-billion loss. Bluesphere said their solution is a “win-win” for all involved.

"This facility is the ultimate landfill because we take waste in the back end, nothing going out. There's no smell, zero product, just electricity and compost," said CEO Shlomi Palas. Bluesphere hopes to be up and operational by the end of the year and to have 11 additional facilities around the world built by 2018.

Bluesphere generates electricity from biogas derived from organic waste, which is mostly food waste, and sells this electricity to leading electric companies through long-term power purchase agreements. Waste-to-energy is one of the fastest growing segments in the renewable energy markets. According to SBI Energy, the thermal and biological segments reached $6 billion in 2012 and will reach $29 billion by 2022.