By Andy Choi
Rockwell Automations and its Global Solutions wing has been chosen by Vadxx Energy to offer process engineering solutions and services that will enable Vadxx to fine-tune its proprietary technique to produce natural gas and synthetic crude oil utilizing raw material feedstock wastes based on petroleum at its demonstration facility at Ohio-based Akron.
According to the terms of the agreement, Rockwell will be carrying out the front-end engineering and the design of the project for the purpose of commercialising the proprietary technique of Vadxx before the year-ending 2011. After this phase is completed the companies will get on with the procurement, engineering and construction phase. During this phase Vadxx’s commercial production units will be made to function in a modular fashion with the help of the automation solutions designed by Rockwell. By incorporating the new solutions from Rockwell, the market stand of Vadxx processes and the quality of the manufactured synthetic crude oil will be drastically improved.
The CEO of Vadxx Energy revealed their aim of implementing more than 100 commercial oil production units over the coming five years. Apart from the agreement with Rockwell, Vadxx has entered into MOUs with number of feedstock providers for the first three production units located in Northeast Ohio. VP and GM of Rockwell Automation Global Solutions, Terry Gebert expressed his pleasure in its association with an innovative company as Vadxx as Rockwell is focusing on providing sustainable solutions globally, The team from Rockwell will enable Vadxx to commercialise its proprietary technology of waste-to-energy conversion quickly.