PyroGenesis Canada Inc sees its plasma arc waste destruction system set to sea on the US Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier

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PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX:PYR, NASDAQ:PYR) announced that its Plasma Arc Waste Destruction System (PAWDS) is in service on the new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford which departed Naval Station Norfolk on October 4, 2022, for its initial deployment.

The ship – the first of four carriers the US Navy has contracted to have the PAWDS system on board – will spend the next two months in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean as part of a multinational exercise with eight other nations, including Canada and France, to prepare the crew for real scenarios.

PAWDS is a compact all-electric waste management system for combustible waste, designed for each of the first four Ford-class aircraft carriers scheduled to be built – the first new generation of aircraft carriers designed in 40 years. It removes over 400 pounds of miscellaneous waste per hour, including plastic that traditional ship waste systems could not destroy.

“The initial deployment of the USS Gerald R. Ford with our PAWDS onboard is truly a significant milestone for PyroGenesis,” P. Peter Pascali, CEO and President of PyroGenesis said in a statement. “Being even a small part of the most technologically advanced ship ever built is hugely rewarding – for the company, for the science behind the project and for the years of work by our team.”

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The payment of approximately C$1 million (US$729,000) results from reaching various inspection and support milestones with respect to the order of double ships for the USS Enterprise and USS Doris Miller , for which the company is currently under contract. .

The next Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier to use the PAWDS system will be USS John F. Kennedy, which has been in design since 2009 and under construction since 2011.

The USS John F. Kennedy is scheduled for delivery to the US Navy in June 2024. PyroGenesis has already delivered the PAWDS system for this ship.

PyroGenesis has been contracted for a total of four systems – one for each of the four carriers. Two have been delivered (USS Gerald R. Ford and USS John F. Kennedy), and two are currently on order (USS Enterprise and USS Doris Miller).

USS Enterprise began construction in 2017 with a future delivery date of 2028, while USS Doris Miller will follow.

Compact all-electric waste management system

PAWDS reduces all the ship’s waste – plastic, paper, food and wood – to steam, a key aspect, as without a waste destruction system of this caliber the ship would be forced to scale back operations, returning to port to unload the waste.

PyroGenesis Canada is a leader in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of advanced plasma processes and sustainable solutions that reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and are cost-effective alternatives to conventional “dirty” processes. .

PyroGenesis has created proprietary, patented and advanced plasma technologies that are being reviewed and adopted by several multi-billion dollar industry leaders in four massive markets: iron ore pelletization, aluminum, waste management and additive manufacturing.

With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working from its Montreal office and 3,800 square meter and 2,940 square meter manufacturing facilities, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive edge by staying ahead of the game. custody of technology development and commercialization.

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