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18 May 12. The US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with SAIC to develop the tactical garbage to energy refinery (TGER) 2.0 system for the US Army. ECBC scientific advisor for biotechnology James Valdes said that the TGER can address all kinds of unnecessary problems encountered during transportation of fuel in and waste out of an operations centre. The TGER is a bio refinery, trailer-mounted hybrid technology designed to transform a wide variety of military field waste, such as paper, plastic, packaging and food waste into immediately usable source of power at the forward operating bases, battlefield or in a crisis area. Ethanol and gas are created and fed by the system into a mixture from which electricity is derived, with zero associated CO2 emissions, eventually decreasing diesel usage by more than 95%. In addition, TGER is able to retrieve and purify water from the liquid waste added to the system. (Source: armytechnology.com)