Lockheed Martin

Project Type: Industrial

Location: owego, nY

Services: Architecture, Engineering

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Highland Associates has provided, as a first tier contractor to Lockheed Martin, full service architectural and engineering design, conveyor layout, detailed installation drawings, hoist beam design, interior design, space planning, site development and master planning. These services were provided for the Tray Management Systems (TMS Program), the Singulator Scan Induction Units (SSIU Program), the Automated Seamless Dispatch (ASD Program), the Integrated Dispatch and Receipt (IDR Program), the Explosive Detection Systems (EDS Program), the Airborne Radar Programs (ABR) and the Master Planning for the US101 Helicopter Integration Facility.

We continue to provide design services, under a term contract, at Lockheed Martin’s Moorestown, NJ; Cape Canaveral, FL; Kings Bay, GA; Bangor, WA and Owego, NY sites.

Highland Associates was commissioned to provide architectural and engineering design services for the foundations / slabs, electrical connections, utilities and piping for this bio-energy facility project.  This self-sustaining system can transform waste into electricity through a process called advanced gasifcation.

There are four key steps in the process:

  • Waste Collection: Wood-waste, municipal solid waste,  industrial waste and more can be collected and used as input. The Owego facility will initially use wood-waste, with plans to transition to municipal, commercial or industrial waste to create its power in the future.
  • Waste Conditioning: Metal, glass and other materials are removed, and the waste is dried to specification.
  • Gas Creation: Proprietary heat carrier spheres are heated and mixed in with the organic waste. Once a certain temperature is reached, the solid waste turns into gas, which then travels to a reforming vessel where the gas is turned into synthesis gas (syngas).
  • Power Generation: The syngas is then used to fuel a combustion engine that produces electricity. Alternatively, the syngas can also be used to produce hydrogen and biofuels. 

Unlike incineration, the process is oxygen-free and flame-free, which means no harmful by-products are produced, emissions are limited and waste going to landfills is greatly reduced.