Whilst our planet is becoming increasingly focused on the damage that we are doing to it, a new project has been developed to convert our waste into useable energy.
Whilst many initiatives of recycling are already widely used across the globe, a new green revolution has been put in place to convert all waste produced by cities into energy in waste-to-energy plants, which have already been constructed in Denmark and Sweden.
Advanced technology company Lockheed Martin, partnered with Concord Blue, have installed a bioenergy plant in their Owego, New York aircraft factory which will power their manufacturing using human waste. Their plant can create 250 kilowatts of power by turning public waste into gas and using that gas for power.
The process initially collects large masses of waste material, whereby recyclable materials such as metal and plastics are taken out. The technology plant then dries out and heats up the biowaste. Once this reaches a certain temperature, the once solid waste turns into a gas and then turns again into synthetic gas. This is what is then used to fuel a combustion engine which produces electricity.
At the moment, the new facility, which can also help produce hydrogen and biofuels, is using wood chips that have been discarded by nearby lumber mills, but they have future plans to utilise vast amounts of waste, ranging from solid to industrial waste products.
There are also plans of a bigger facility in Herten, Germany, which will be able to produce five megawatts of power, and convert 50,000 tonnes of feedstock which will be able to power 5,000 homes and businesses.
Due to the innovative and developing process using no oxygen or flames throughout, no harmful by-products or greenhouse gasses are emitted during the creation of this new energy, and it is even estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 9,000 metric tonnes per year.
IMAGE CREDIT: Lockheed Martin biofacility
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