I recalled reading about Thermal depolymerization in Scientific American and it seems to be a very promising process. Appearantly it can turn most
solid wastes like chick, turkey, etc. refuse into a useable form of oil. The reason the article stuck out in my mind so much was that the pilot plant
just happens to be in Missouri my home state.
Thermal depolymerization (TDP) is a process for the reduction of complex organic materials (usually waste products of various sorts, often known as
biomass) into light crude oil. It mimics the natural geological processes thought to be involved in the production of fossil fuels. Under pressure and
heat, long chain polymers of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon decompose into short-chain petroleum hydrocarbons with a maximum length of around 18
In an industrial park in Philadelphia sits a new machine that can change almost anything into oil. Really.
"This is a solution to three of the biggest problems facing mankind," says Brian Appel, chairman and CEO of Changing World Technologies, the company
that built this pilot plant and has just completed its first industrial-size installation in Missouri. "This process can deal with the world's
waste. It can supplement our dwindling supplies of oil. And it can slow down global warming."
RECYCLING WASTE INTO OIL
What can turn animal waste, offal, old tyres, junked computers and any old waste into oil. What can turn 100lb of sewage into 26lb of oil, 9lb of gas,
8lb of minerals and carbon and 57lb of water. The thermal depolymerisation process (TDP) can. That's what!
IS THIS THE ULTIMATE RECYCLER?
An experimental recycling plant in Philadelphia is turning waste from a nearby turkey factory into gas and oil. It could, in theory, convert any old
kind of rubbish into fuel. Jerome Burne reports.
Thursday May 22, 2003
How about this for a ridiculous modern myth. There is a machine somewhere in America that can take virtually any sort of waste - offal from an
abattoir, old tyres, junked computers - and turn it into high quality oil, plus pure minerals and clean water, all in a few hours. It is an invention
that could change the world. Not only might it end the west's, and in particular America's, dependence on imported oil, but it has also the
potential simultaneously to solve the increasingly pressing problem of waste disposal.
Waste from turkey processing plants is being turned into fuel.
The Butterball turkey processing plant in Carthage, MO produces a staggering amount of waste – annually averaging more than 200 tons a day from the
slaughter of 30,000 turkeys. Now, a New York company is turning this offal into oil. Changing World Technologies (CWT) of West Hempstead, New York,
collaborated with food giant ConAgra to open its first "waste-to-energy" plant in Carthage, Missouri
google "Thermal Depolymerization" for more information.
[edit on 9-4-2005 by overzealous]