Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to recycling, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and solutions to address these issues there are many answers and even more questions.

At Bradam Energies, we believe “WASTE is a terrible thing to waste™”, whether you are a believer in climate change, a skeptic or on the fence, our solution takes waste that would normally end up in a landfill or be incinerated and we create a useful product, energy. In fact by definition it’s no longer waste, it is a useful product.

We get many questions asked about the environment and climate change. All good questions but that’s just not what we are about. We believe converting waste to energy is a worthwhile endeavor even if you think climate change is the latest fad. Below are some questions that many ask to become more informed. We welcome your questions too!

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Recycling Myths

According to the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) it costs 95% less to make aluminum cans from recycled materials, Bradam’s system removes recyclable materials from the waste stream before converting useable waste into energy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now approves food containers made from recycled glass, plastic and metals. Glass and metals are presorted out of the waste that Bradam uses to produce energy.

In North America entire companies are built around using recycled materials especially paper and metals. There is an issue with plastics, where only 9% of plastics are recycled, Non-recyclable plastics are turned into energy by Bradam’s CER.

Burying garbage is expensive and maintaining landfills is an ongoing great expense. Waste that would normally end up in a landfill is diverted to Bradam’s facilities. After recyclables are removed 100% of the remaining waste is converted to useable products like natural gas and electricity.

There are many ways you can do your part in recycling. First practice good recycling at home and work. Educate yourself on what your city or town is doing to make use of up to date recycling methods, if they are not up to date show them this website.

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Bradam's Process

Ideally we want to locate our plants close to the source of waste to cut down on the cost and emissions created by trucks that deliver the waste. We prefer to be located at an existing landfill or recycling station that already has the infrastructure to receive waste of all kinds.

Once the waste is delivered to our site it is first sorted to take out recyclable materials and then shredded and put into storage before being processed. The whole sorting, shredding and storage process is highly automated and done indoors in a negative pressure environment meaning odors do not emit into the atmosphere.

In the simplest of explanations the waste that is converted by the Bradam system goes through a reaction process in a large kiln that combines intense heat and the moisture that is in the waste. The reaction causes the materials in the kiln to become a vapor or syngas. This syngas is then captured as it leaves the kiln. The syngas is mainly made up of hydrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane.

Immediately upon exiting the kiln the syngas goes through an array of components that “clean up “ the syngas. Particulates, metals, water are in the gas and need to come out before the syngas can be put into a pipeline or used to produce other energy like electricity or alternative fuels.

It takes a lot of energy to run the Bradam CER however the plant is designed to run on its own syngas and produce its own electricity. Once the plant is up and running it is totally self sufficient.

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Fundamentals - Global Emissions Results

As you would suspect GHG emissions are population driven and dictated by the amount of energy used by the population. China, USA, Russia, the European Union and India are the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions. Because Bradam uses it own energy to run its plants the emissions are well below and only a fraction of some of the most stringent standards in the world set by the European Union, California and the Province of Ontario.

The production and consumption of energy is by far the largest contributor to GHG emissions. The combustion of coal, natural gas and petroleum accounts for over 75% of all GHG emissions in the United States and similar statistics exist for other countries. The renewable natural gas produced by the Bradam CER displaces 100% of the GHG emissions compared to natural gas.

The production of electricity using coal or natural gas and emissions from automobiles are by the far the two greatest contributors to GHG emissions. Bradam produces electricity and renewable natural gas from waste. Every megawatt of electricity or gigajoule of natural gas produced by Bradam means less coal or fossil fuels need to be used to produce energy.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) mainly from fossil fuels makes up approximately 76% of all GHG emissions followed at 16% by Methane (CH4) from agriculture (animal waste) and landfills emissions. The next nasty pollutant is Nitrous Oxide (N2O) which accounts for 6% and is created mainly from industrial usage including refrigeration.

Not enough is the immediate answer, although many in the world believe we can greatly reduce our impact on the atmosphere by reducing pollution by better managing greenhouse gas emissions. What’s intriguing about the Bradam CER is that it can have a major impact on reducing GHG emissions while at the same time getting rid of waste.

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Energy Production

Energy comes in many forms, primary, secondary, renewable, non-renewable and fossil. Bradam produces renewable energy.

Primary energy is energy from Fossil Fuels (petroleum and natural gas), Nuclear Energy, and Renewable Energy (solar, wind and alternative)

Secondary energy is generated or produced such as Electricity, Gasoline and Diesel. Electricity can be be produced in several ways, Hydroelectric, Nuclear, Turbines (gas and wind) and Solar. Gasoline and Diesel can be produced from fossil fuels or as alternative fuels from organics and recyclables.

We use energy everyday, the most common uses for energy are Electricity (38%), Transportation (29%), Industrial (22%), Residential (6%) and Commercial (5%).

Recent statistics put energy produced globally from sources other than fossil fuels at 19%. That number is growing every year as alternative energy costs come down and governments and society in general realize that alternative energy is cost effective and makes a positive contribution to our environment.

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Did You Know?

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One tonne of waste can be converted into 1 megawatt of power, enough power to supply 800 homes.

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One tonne of organic waste can be converted into 10 gigajoules of renewable natural gas, every gigajoule of renewable natural gas produced displaces 100% of the greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas

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On average North American’s produce over 1300 pounds or 590 kilograms of waste each year per capita, most of that waste can be converted by the Bradam CER into useable energy

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65% of the all the waste created in North America ends up in a landfill.

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North American’s produce almost 800,000 tons of garbage daily that’s enough to fill 68,000 garbage trucks.

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What’s in our garbage? 22 billion Plastic bottles per year. Enough paper to build a 12 foot wall from LA to New York.

We Solve Waste Problems
With Energy Solutions

In all four corners of the world waste is polluting our lakes, oceans and the air we breath. Traditional ways of dealing with waste are antiquated, expensive and have a negative effect on our environment. There is a better way.

The Bradam Carbon Energy Recovery system creates energy from waste using a revolutionary process that is highly efficient, economical and environmentally friendly.

Not only do we solve the world’s waste problems we create energy.
Renewable & Synthetic Natural Gas – Electricity – Hydrogen – Alternative Fuels

NO Incineration – NO Toxic Emissions – NO Landfills – NO Odors

WASTE is a terrible thing to waste.