August 18, 2013

Waste to energy trial coming

The Department of Defense spends $15 billion annually on fuel alone. So it makes sense that the U.S. Army should test a promising new waste to energy process called gasification. No nasty emissions as from incineration too. Burning garbage became very unfashionable years ago, although 87 waste-to-energy incinerators in the U.S. operate and generate less than one percent of our power.

But in this latest gasification process in which garbage goes in one end and natural gas comes out, one ton of garbage or construction debris or whatever creates enough gas  in four hours to power the average American home for about six weeks, while producing one third the emissions of a coal burning power plant. 

So millions of tons of garbage could power millions of homes and businesses. Get the picture? It sounds very green to me.