posted on Mar, 3 2004 @ 06:28 AM
Each household in London produced around 1.1 tonnes of waste on average in 2000/01. This is a frightening statistic in these days of our
take-make-waste society. What if there was a different way to transform this waste into a product that could be reused to produce further energy
while the transformation process itself can generate other fuels.
Suppose we had a technology that could take any type of waste -- automobile tires, landfill waste, hazardous PCBs, harbor sludge, steel scrap, and
more. And it could transform the garbage into a glassy, obsidian-like stone a fraction of the size, which could be recovered and re-used. Plus, the
process also results in carbon and hydrogen-rich gases that can burn like natural gas. Or the gases can be processed further, refined through a
membrane to make pure hydrogen for fuel cells, the cornerstone of a future 'hydrogen economy.'
Interesting to note that this is already being trialled in places like China, Italy, Hawaii and Japan. Could this be the future of waste processing?
In my view any processing plant that can become self-sufficient should be supported even if the initial running cost are prohibitive.
[Edited on 3-3-2004 by Zion Mainframe]