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Monday, 15 November 2010

Environmental Systems and Waste Management

The world has an increasing amount of waste of all types that are put to landfill and other disposal methods.  This waste may take decades or more to degrade so it was particularly pleasing to hear that an innovative company has designed a system to use waste and turn it into energy.

The system is a simple one and has been used by gardeners for many years to turn green waste into compost.  During the composting phase methane and carbon dioxide is given off.  The trick with the new system is to capture the methane, clean it and then either feed it into the gas grid or use it to produce electricity.   The reduction in methane emissions to the atmosphere will pay handsome dividends in the climate change stakes.
There have been other advances where a company in the USA have been turning industrial plastic waste into a useable aircraft fuel.  

Bio digesters can turn almost anything organic into its hydrocarbon and methane components thereby reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.  We all know that fossil fuels cannot last too much longer and will never be reformed while waste will be on-going. 

I can envisage the day when all waste is  recycled into energy and we will be self sufficient once again.   Importing vast amounts of gas from anywhere is fought with risks, especially if the supplier can shut off the supply as a bargaining chip in any conflict.

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