LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 05/20/11 -- Cleantech Transit Inc. ('Cleantech') (OTCBB: CLNO) is pleased to announce today that the previously announced 500 KW biomass gasification facility located in Merced, California has successfully passed its interconnection tests and is now connected to the utility distribution grid.
The gasification technology uses a non-combustion process to convert Ag and other woody residues into a hydrogen rich gas ('syngas'), which is then converted into electricity, along with heat and biochar (a useful byproduct that captures carbon in solid form and can be used as a soil amendment).
The Phoenix Energy technology used in Merced essentially cooks the biomass in an oxygen-deprived environment to release the elemental gasses from the wood. In the process biomass is converted into a carbon rich biochar. With the carbon fixed in solid form this process not only provides a valuable soil amendment but also serves as a source of carbon sequestration.
The Merced plant is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 400 homes. The plant connected to the electricity grid under California's feed-in-tariff with a 15-year power purchase agreement.
Ken Bosket, CEO of Cleantech Transit, stated 'We are delighted with the success that Phoenix Energy has had with the Merced project and look forward to working with Phoenix Energy to build a strong partnership.'
About Cleantech Transit Inc.
Cleantech Transit Inc. was founded to capitalize on technology advances and manufacturing opportunities in the growing clean energy public transportation sector. The Company has expanded its focus to invest directly in specific green projects that can maximize shareholder value. Recognizing the many economic and operational advances of converting wood waste into renewable sources of energy. For more information, visit www.cleantechtransitinc.com.
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