Waste to Energy, Emerging Gasification Technologies


With an ever-changing climate, the need for grid resiliency is becoming more important. Grid resiliency depends on viable technology solutions for power generation that can be achieved twenty-four hours a day. There are multiple emerging technology solutions that are can now become part of a system for microgrid to meet this requirement. Carbon based materials can now be diverted from landfills and used a feedstock for gasification technology to generate electricity.

Gasification technology continues to be improved to allow for the recovery of embodied energy from carbon-based materials. These materials can be found in abundance in urban areas. The diversion of these materials to gasification energy plants allows for the material to be sent through a pyrolysis to generate electricity. These gasification plants can be part of a viable microgrid and help in the diversion of waste to landfills.

The objective of this presentation is to provide information on emerging gasification technologies and processes for waste to energy systems.



Bernard Brown, REP
Director, Business Development West Coast
Aries Clean Energy

Bernard Brown has over 20 years of both private and public experience. Bernard currently works for Aries Clean Energy as the Director of Development for West Coast projects. He is responsible for developing waste to energy plants from start to finish using gasification technology. His background includes hazard mitigation planning, risk analysis, grant writing and management, and conducting vulnerability assessments. Bernard gained valuable energy experience while serving on a utilities committee as an elected official in Delaware. In his private sector experience, Bernard both designed and managed projects involving environmental remediation.

Bernard Brown is currently a doctoral candidate at Villanova University researching waste-to-energy processes and the creation of microgrids using waste-to-energy systems. Additionally, Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Urban Planning and Design with a minor in Sustainability and a master’s degree from Clemson University. Bernard holds a Renewable Energy Professional certification from AEE and is an Associate AIA.