PRESS RELEASE: Tennessee Chapter Of APWA Names Lebanon Gasification Plant Top Project In State



Publication Date

November 14, 2017

This recognition by the Tennessee Chapter of APWA marks the fifth award for the Lebanon plant this year.

NASHVILLE, TN – (November 14, 2017) – The Lebanon Gasification Initiative has received the 2017 project of the year honors from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA).

This award recognizes a project in a Tennessee city that epitomizes outstanding planning, construction, and management. This project becomes the Tennessee Chapter’s nomination to the National APWA Top Ten Projects of the Year. It was announced at the TCAPWA Annual Conference held last week in Knoxville. At the heart of the Lebanon initiative is the world’s largest downdraft gasification plant designed and built by Aries Clean Energy.

“This kind of recognition echoes how much teamwork it takes to build and implement a project like this,” said Gregory L. Bafalis, CEO of Aries. “We are pleased to bring the technology and expertise to this renewable energy plant. That combined with the support of the city public works team has made for a great partnership.”

This marks the fifth industry award for the innovative plant. Earlier this year, the plant has received honors from the state of Tennessee Governor’s Stewardship Award and project of the year accolades from Environmental Leader and Industrial Wastewater Digest. The Greater Nashville Regional Council presented the 2017 Local Government Award for Public Works & Utility Infrastructure to the city last month.

Like many cities this size, Mayor Bernie Ash says tackling the solid waste issue is best done taking one step at a time. He sees this renewable energy plant as the first step toward a total MRF (material recovery facility) line for the city’s waste. “I’m pleased to say that with the detailed planning initiated by Aries, construction and implementation have progressed very smoothly. As with any power plant, we’ve had some bugs to work out, but overall, it’s been a great team-building experience,” said Ash.

Accepting the award on behalf of the city are Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash (right) and Randy Laine, city engineering director.

About APWA:
The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a not-for-profitprofessional association of public works agencies, private companies, and individuals dedicated to promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and has an office in Washington, D.C.
Chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest organization of its kind in the world, supporting 63 chapters throughout North America for a total of 29,000 members.

About Aries Clean Energy:
Aries Clean Energy, LLC, based in Nashville, Tennessee, designs and builds innovative bio-based downdraft and fluidized bed gasification systems using its eight patents granted to date. Its projects provide for the sustainable disposal of waste, reduction of carbon emissions, and the production of clean thermal and electrical energy. The company’s ongoing R&D efforts are focused on cleaning syngas produced from waste for use in internal combustion engines.

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