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06 Oct 09. QinetiQ to deliver its Pyrolysis Waste Disposal System to US Army. With military forces increasingly having to consider their environmental impact, QinetiQ has been awarded a £1.5m, three year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to develop and deliver PyTEC™ – an ISO containerised Pyrolysis Waste Disposal System – to the US Army. Able to operate 24/7 and process up to 100kg of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) per hour, the PyTEC system also reclaims up to 500 kW of the thermal energy from the waste per hour, a proportion of which will be used to sustain the process for electricity generation. The self sustaining thermal pyrolysis process is designed to meet today’s environmental challenges and delivers a significant reduction in operating costs when compared to incineration or contracting for other methods of waste management and disposal. MSW is effectively all general domestic waste that might be produced in an army base and includes food, medical and sanitary, paper, plastics, tin, oil and glass. Being tested to Technology Readiness Level (TRL 9) this programme for the US Army is currently in the system design, demonstration and testing phase. Plant commissioning and testing is due to commence next spring with delivery expected by mid year, followed by an extended US Army conducted testing and evaluation trial period, continuing through to early 2012. The programme is jointly funded by US Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) through the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Programme and is expected to result in more than 10 systems eventually being acquired.