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Converting trash gas into energy gold

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posted on May, 25 2006 @ 09:15 AM

Now this is a good thing coming from the huge mounds of trash generated everyday. We throw way to much away anyway. If it really is this easy to generate power from trash, it should really cut some use of oil away, at least in the electric power generating area.

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The trash you toss in the garbage could end up powering your lights, computer and washing machine, because in the world of alternative energy, one man's trash is another man's treasure trove of fuel.

The process of converting landfill gas into energy is relatively simple. A series of wells sunk into a landfill collect the gas, which is then used to burn in engines and boilers, heat greenhouses, fuel vehicles, etc. Guzzone said landfill gas can be used just as traditional fuels such as coal and natural gas are used. "It's comparable to natural gas," he said.

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