The Process

A Hummingbird Urban Biomass facility diverts organic waste from landfill, converts the organic waste into fuel, and turns that fuel into renewable energy.  Hummingbird has developed a process that utilizes the energy potential of the biomass to earn a profit. Where most energy producers (like coal or wood biomass plants) pay for their fuel source, urban biomass facilities are paid to receive organic waste.  Technologies for bio-drying, gasification, and electricity generation that are proven in their respective industries are adapted for and applied to the treatment of organic waste by Hummingbird.  Hummingbird also adds proprietary automated material handling technologies, air exchange systems, and control systems.

A Hummingbird Urban Biomass facility can produce electricity 24/7.  For every ton of organic waste processed, over two tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are offset. Diverting all the organics from landfills would be equivalent to removing twenty-two million cars from the road!

How the System Works:


Step 1 Separated Organic Waste is delivered to the urban biomass facility
Step 2 The waste is mixed and ground then sent through bio-reactors that use bacteria to destroy pathogens and create clean, safe, uniform biomass fuel.
Step 3 This fuel is then fed into a pyrolyzer where it undergoes a state change that generates heat and decomposes the organic material in a matter of minutes.
Step 4 During the decomposition, carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas are produced. These gases (syngas) are safely exhausted from the pyrolysis zone
Step 5 Additional oxygen is introduced into the syngas in a separate chamber where it combusts at temperatures in excess of 600 degrees Celsius.
Step 6 The heat is used to generate electricity through a steam or silicone oil turbine
Step 7 The electricity produced, and the heat recovered, is available for sale