Clean Waste Disposal Facilities in the U.S.





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Hughes Energy, LLC is seeking $80.13 million (excluding sponsor-contributed $11.45 million in equity) to construct a clean waste disposal (waste-to-value) facility in Greene-Delaware County, New York – converts low-valued organic Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into higher-valued green fuel pellets for biomass electricity generation and other end-products.

  • Greene-Del Project – facility plans to convert 175,000 tons of waste per annum into sanitized recoverable recyclables and green fuel pellets for use in biomass electric power generation
    • patented/proprietary green solution to increased waste volumes with “no place to go” – virtually no emissions and no incineration
    • support from local town and county – “we want them here”
    • land purchase agreement in place
    • MSW feedstock contracts in place
    • not a greenfield site – already permitted as a waste transfer station
    • lower transportation costs – located locally
    • expansion potential – adjacent counties with closing landfill facilities offer attractive future feedstock options
  • Management team has extensive experience in the waste and renewable energy technology and international business management and development – global experts in steam autoclaving engineering technologies
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  • Climate change is an existential threat – and an enormous investment opportunity
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG – including carbon dioxide CO2, methane, nitrous oxide NOx and fluorinated gases) emissions have increased since the beginning of the industrial era – building up in the atmosphere and warming the earth’s climate
    • methane is 84 times more damaging as a GHG than CO2
    • larger and more frequent storms
    • rising sea levels and lost land
    • more frequent crop failures
  • Air pollution has led to millions of deaths per year and increases respiratory diseases such as COVID-19
  • OCED estimated climate change costs to U.S. economy neared $2 trillion in 2010
  • Electric power generation, led by fossil fuels – accounted for about half of the global growth in primary energy consumption and about half of the increase in carbon emissions in 2019
  • While renewables (biomass, wind, solar) and hydro for electric power generation reduce GHG emissions – they accounted for only 14.5% of global energy supply in 2019
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Waste Disposal – Outdated and Limited

  • Little has changed in how waste is disposed
  • World generated about 2 billion tonnes of MSW per annum in 2018
  • Unchecked, may surge to 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050
  • Cost of disposal rising – waste volumes and tipping prices increasing
  • Landfills and incineration – common option in developed countries
    • landfill sites – organic MSW are major sources of methane emissions; restricted new sites; closing existing sites
      • 55% of U.S. waste goes to landfills
      • about 150 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per annum was dumped into U.S. landfills
    • waste incineration – historically, dominated in the waste-to-energy sector
      • current pool of MSW incinerators in the U.S. are close to reaching their life-expectancy
    • waste management – recycling use expanding but small impact
  • Ground, water, and oceans – common option in undeveloped countries
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Green Energy – Waste-to-Value

  • Green energy technologies promise environmental solutions – estimated market potential near $400 billion
  • Global biomass electric power generation market is over $4 billion per year and expanding
  • Global demand for wood pellets as a green fuel is growing rapidly as a substitute for traditional fossil fuels
    • currently rely on use supplies or fell valuable timber forests
    • global demand in 2020 was 27 million tons, growing 7% per year
    • U.S. produced over 15 million tons of wood pellets per annum in 2019
    • U.K. imported nearly 7 million tons of wood pellets per annum at prices near $190 per ton in 2019

Waste-to-Value – Emerging Technologies

  • Waste-to-value” technology is a virgin market with emerging technologies
  • Anaerobic digestion is widely used in Europe and is starting to see wider installations in the U.S.
    • U.S. challenges – gas produced needs to be upgraded for use in the U.S. gas network
    • European challenges – closing digestors in certain countries because of the inability to dispose of increased volumes
  • Pyrolysis is early stage and expensive
    • struggles with non-homogenous nature of MSW feedstock
    • significant cost and effort required to pre-treat MSW before use
  • Gasification has not yet been built with scale or consistency
    • struggles with non-homogenous nature of MSW feedstock
    • significant cost required to pre-treatment of incoming feedstock
    • inconsistent quality of gas product
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  • Hughes clean waste disposal (“waste-to-value”) facilities use Wilson System® technology to convert low-valued organic MSW into green fuel pellets for biomass electricity generation and other higher-valued end-products
    • cuts waste destined for landfill by 85% -95% depending upon MSW – drastically reducing the production of methane from organic MSW
      • diverts over 90,000 tons of waste from landfill sites per facility per annum
      • eliminates up to 200,000 tons of CO2 emissions per facility per annum – apply for carbon credits
    • reduces risks of uncertainty related to organic MSW disposal to municipalities and waste companies
      • limits disposal costs – Hughes can lock-in tipping fees for up to 10 years
      • scalable expansion capacity – newbuilds are affordable and efficient
  • Unique revenue generation – from both raw material and end-products
    • raw material – paid to take organic MSW
      • 67% of revenues – collection of gate fees from waste feedstock providers
      • 23% of revenues – sale of Wilson Fibre® for green fuel pellets or other bio-products
      • 10% of revenues – sale of sanitized recyclables such as aluminum, plastic, glass, and ferrous metals
    • end-product – sale of sanitized recovered recyclables and Wilson Fibre® converted into green fuel pellets and other bio-products
      • inert materials (about 9% of MSW) not processed represents a nominal cost for disposal
      • base case includes disposal costs at landfill; operating plan is to explore reuse and/or recycle
  • Hughes is the commercial arm of the Wilson System® in North America
    • system sales, annual maintenance contracts, annual royalty fees (CleanTech franchise model)
    • sole license holder for the Wilson System® outside of the U.K. – 10-year term with right to renew for a second term
  • Hughes partners
    • EPC/construction management – to be determined (in process)
    • architecture, design engineers – H2M Architects + Engineers (under contract; FEED – Front-End Engineering and Design study underway)
    • process engineering consultants – to be determined (in process)
    • environmental engineers – Sterling Environmental (under contract; revising submissions to NYDEC)
    • plant operators – to be determined (in process)
    • insurance – to be determined (in process)
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Greene-Del Project

PROBLEM – Waste volumes are increasing, but disposal options are declining and limited

  • Location – Greene-Delaware County, New York
  • 25% of New York State landfills will close in less than 5 years – including Seneca Meadows which serves the landfill requirements of Albany, Ulster, Greene and Sullivan counties (serviced counties)
  • Transportation costs are rising – current landfill waste travels an average of 201 miles from the serviced counties waste transfer stations
  • Costs of landfill space is rising – local municipal costs have increased in Greene-Delaware County from $80 to $105 per ton over the past two years
  • Nearby landfill sites are distant (an average of 201 miles from the serviced counties waste transfer stations) and near capacity (closing)

SOLUTION – Hughes / Wilson System®

  • Greene-Del facility – facility converts 175,000 tons of waste per annum into sanitized recoverable recyclables and Wilson Fibre® transformed into green fuel pellets for use in biomass electric power generation
  • Support from local town and county – “we want them here”
  • Hughes facility uses green technology with virtually no emissions – not incineration
  • Cuts waste volumes destined for landfill by 93% – after recovering recyclables and production of Wilson Fibre®
  • Reduces GHG emissions – cuts production of methane from organic MSW from landfill sites; eliminates up to 200,00 tons of CO2 emissions per facility per annum
  • Lower transportation costs – facility to be located locally, an average of 51 miles from the serviced counties waste transfer stations – shorter waste travel distances for nearly 2 million tons of waste per annum
  • Huge market potential – adjacent counties with closing facilities can provide feedstocks of about 779,000 tons of waste per annum
  • FEED project development – gap between design conception and detailed engineering design/EPC execution
    • provides a budget cost estimate (+/- 10%) needed to obtain FID (final investment decision) for the project
  • Land purchase agreement in place – Hughes and Greene-Del transfer station owner
  • Organic MSW feedstock contracts in place – Cottage Carting and Superior Waste Services
  • Off-take/product contracts – to be determined (in process)
  • Permits
    • operating permit – NYDEC Part 360 Permit to Operate (in process)
    • site approval permit – Town of Roxbury Planning Board Approval (in process)
    • already permitted as a waste transfer station – not a greenfield site
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Brendan Hughes

Chairman & Founder

Over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. In 1988, founded Hughes and Hughes Contracting Corporation which served corporate, commercial, and residential markets within New York City and the Tristate Area. In 2005, turned attention to the waste and renewable energy sector. Major shareholder in Wilson Bio-Chemicals, the parent company to the Wilson System®.  In 2014, founded Hughes Energy as the exclusive distribution channel for the Wilson System® technology in North America.

Dane McSpedon

Chief Executive Officer

Over 25 years in international business management and strategic sales expertise – successfully building companies with complex technologies. Joined Hughes Energy in 2013, raised Series A funding and attracted key members of the team. Started career in Russia establishing and managing the local affiliates for IBM, Honeywell and Kelly Services. Managed 18 country affiliates and established sales distributors in over 65 countries while running Global Sales and Services at De La Rue. Established new operations in Central and South America for AVA (an international secure logistics company). BA (Magna Cum Laude) from Colgate University. Leningrad State University (Russia). Executive Education in Advanced Corporate Leadership, Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from Harvard Business School.

Jatish Shah

Chief Financial Officer

Over 30 years of international finance and operational experience in emerging and developed markets – developing early-stage companies and bringing new technology to market. Joined Hughes Energy in 2014. Previously, Finance Director and CFO in a variety of industries for over 15 years. Extensive experience within multinational organizations and SME businesses – developing companies, executing business projects, raising capital and working with Venture Capital and Private Equity investors. Qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA -UK). BA (Honors) in Business Studies from the London Metropolitan University (formerly – City Of London Polytechnic).

Tom Wilson

Non-Executive Director

Wilson System® designer, investor and chief steam autoclave engineer. Over 50 years of engineering experience within the steam industry and a recognized international expert in steam storage. Lead steam process design engineer for international companies – including British Gas and the British nuclear industry – within steel, textiles, plastics, food and biotechnology. For the past 10 years, focused within the waste management sector – validating steam autoclaving municipal solid waste as a viable solution to environmental problems.  Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechanical Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University (formerly Sheffield Polytechnic).


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