An exciting new startup can make clean energy by vaporizing heaps of trash without any waste or emissions.
The Sierra Energy company is aiming to tackle all of the non-recyclable garbage that ends up in landfills—from hazardous wastes and plastics to everyday trash and tires.
The company’s modified blast furnace uses FastOx gasification technology to heat all of the trash to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about twice as hot as the heart of a volcano.
While it may seem like this would require large amounts of energy, the system is able to generate the heat simply by injecting pure oxygen into the furnace. The oxygen then reacts with the carbon emanating from the rotting garbage in order to create carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The steam is then pumped back into the furnace to maintain the internal temperature.
Good find kadee. This appears to be the answer to reducing trash dumps and piles of garbage effectively. It's a startup worth watching to see if it gets attention of municipalities and put to use nation-wide. Currently private, will have to wait for an IPO for any investment opportunity..
My son who is retired Navy...having served most of his time in San Diego, Honolulu or Japan....says that Hawaii has something like this only much older so not as efficient. Hawaii doesn't have enough land to keep opening new landfills. He toured this several years ago & was impressed...but this newer version doesn't have the emissions that the older model has, so a great improvement.