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Trash Generated Into Usable Energy

     Plans to build solid waste power generators are expanding across the nation and the world. These plants turn their trash into power using bioreactors, gasification, and a thermal conversion processes. The technology was first developed by NASA during the 1960s. They used it to test the durability of heat shield materials. The well proven processes have been used by the General Motors plant in Defiance, Ohio for 18 years.
      An Atlanta GA based company is involved with projects with their plasma arc gasification technology. St. Lucie County Florida recycling facility processes bout 1,300 tons of solid waste each day. A facility is being planned for New Orleans which will produce 138 megawatts of power daily converted from 2,500 tons of trash. Koochiching County, Minnesota has plans for trash converted synthetic gas for use at a local paper mill. Pune, India has two facilities that process 68 tons of waste per day each.
      Each ton of solid waste contains about the same energy potential as a barrel of oil. Using the technology, they estimate that processing 1,500 tons of trash can power about 50,000 homes. The slag by-product from the process can also be sold for use in landscaping. Industrial waste has recently been included as fuel for the trash to power process. Westinghouse Plasma says the process also works using hazardous and chemical waste. It generates up to ten times the energy than it would take to destroy the waste.
     Recycling works in many ways and new technology continues to prove it. It’s creating jobs and profitable avenues with trash that used to be buried into the earth. It’s good for the environment, promotes positive thinking and will create a successful futures for generations to come.


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