15 October 2012
Cleaning the Front Lines — New Green Waste Disposal heads to Marines in Hawaii
Marine Corps waste in Hawaii is about to get a whole lot cleaner with the introduction of MAGS-in-a-Box to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. The project, funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), continues to move the Marine Corps closer to achieving their goals for managing their own solid waste with zero waste discharge, whether in marine or land based applications.
MAGS-in-a-Box, developed by Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc., with support from Power Ten, Inc., is heading to the 3rd Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB-3) on the island of Oahu on October 15, 2012 for initial training and operation. Scheduled to arrive in mid-November, Power Ten and Terragon will conduct initial training on the unit with CLB-3 Marines.
Each MAGS unit can gasify the organic waste, paper, plastics, chemicals, metal, glass and wood waste generated by up to 1,000 Marines per day. The process, which is safe for communities and the environment, reduces the volume of waste by more than 95 percent. Carbon in the waste is converted to harmless char, a carbonaceous material that can be either used as a soil additive or safely landfilled, limiting the formation of substantial quantities of carbon dioxide.
Upon completion of the initial training the unit will then be shipped in late December or early January by the USMC/CLB-3 to the Big Island of Hawaii and the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) for exercise Lava Viper from 9 January to 1 February 2013. While at PTA, the MAGS-in-a-Box will be field tested by Marine Forces Pacific Experimentation Center for reporting on its military suitability.
After completion of the PTA field tests, MARFORPAC will continue to use MAGS-in-a-Box with follow-on uses being planned with possible participation in other exercises in the Pacific Rim including Cobra Gold, Talisman Saber, Balikatan, Keen Sword/Keen Edge, and Rim of the Pacific.
Power Ten, Inc. is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides professional, technical, engineering, and information technologies services to government and industry customers. Power Ten, Inc. was founded and is managed by former Marines with extensive operational and management experience who share common proven leadership and business principles – QUALITY PEOPLE, WHO DELIVER QUALITY PRODUCTS, AT A FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICE. Our people, our partners, and our customers share a bond of trust, confidence and a commitment to actionable products. Our current services center around the United States Marine Corps in the areas of Command, Control Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Marine Air Command & Control, Test & Evaluation, tactical and operational Unmanned Systems (UxS), Waste, Water & Energy, and the Marine Aviation Training System. We are an industry leader in these areas due to the performance, reputation and expertise of our people.