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Kentwood company converts waste to energy

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - Inside this city's only tax-free industrial renaissance zone,  is Heat Transfer International, a leader in identifying wastes that have the greatest potential for converting waste to energy.  

Governor Jennifer Granholm toured the company today; it's one of nine small Michigan companies to share in $20 million dollars in Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing grants from the Obama administration. 

She says HTI's machines have successfully turned a variety of waste products into energy, a process known as biomass gasification.   Dave Prouty, the company's president, said  "We've taken latest and greatest new technology, married it with old technology and come up with a product we think will be pretty revoloutionary".

He says the company, which recently received a $2 million dollar federal stimulus grant to promote alternative energy manufacturing, will create about 100 new jobs over the next five years.