Energy From Waste

January 17, 2009

A lot of waste we forgot that can be use for produce to energy. It is a cheap way to do this program, because we can use waste from any thing to make energy for use in our house or auto.

The Benefits of Energy From Waste Programs
By Shelly Wagar

Energy from waste programs may play a large part in the future, both for waste disposal and as a source of green renewable energy that does not rely on fossil fuels. The methods used for converting municipal waste to renewable energy source can vary, because there are a number of ways that this waste can be used. The waste can be burned and the heat used to create steam and electricity, or the waste can be used to create synthetic gas from burning of waste materials, which is then used for electricity and other applications. No matter which method is used to generate energy from waste, it is a better option than just throwing the waste in a landfill, where it will sit and contaminate the earth. Waste to energy programs take a common problem like waste disposal and turn this into assets like electricity generation or fuel production. With millions of tons of municipal solid waste being discarded each year in this country, this is a very large alternative source of energy that can be used to meet energy needs. Newer landfills commonly have methane gas recovery systems in place, to collect the gases that form when waste decomposition happens, and this gas is also an energy source.

isle of man incinerator big Energy From Waste 
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Turning municipal solid waste to electricity has a large number of benefits. This energy source is domestic, and is produced close to home. There are no worries about unstable regimes or sudden price spikes because of politics. Best of all, the energy is created using waste, something that is discarded because it is no longer useful. There is no shortage of municipal solid waste, and waste management methods that use waste to energy processes can help supply much needed energy. Municipal solid waste can be turned into electricity to power and light your home, allowing it to make a full circle from your home as garbage and back to your home as electricity.

Alternative methods of recycling municipal waste can include pyrolysis and gasification. There are a few small differences between these two processes, mainly the amount of oxygen that is included in the process. Both of these methods can create energy from waste, in the form of both heat and gases that can be used for energy or sold for a profit. Managing municipal waste is important, because many landfills are full and others are nearing their capacity. Just dumping our trash in a landfill, even one designed for safety and maximum effectiveness, is no longer an option. Using this waste as an energy source is a good idea all the way around, and everyone benefits.

Food waste is another important resource for energy. The bioconversion of food waste for energy production can result in biofuels, like ethanol and biodiesel, as well as other types of energy. These biofuels burn much cleaner than traditional fossil fuels, and do not cause as much harm to the environment. They are generally considered just as efficient, and boats and cars have used these biofuels against vehicles using fossil fuels during races and won, showing that there are no performance differences. Just like municipal solid waste to energy programs, food wastes can be converted into many forms of energy that can be used in your cars and homes. Energy from waste programs will play a large part in the future of energy, because of the enormous potential waste offers as an environmentally friendly alternative energy source.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Jorge Peloso says:

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  • Cris castro says:

    Dear all,

    As Jorge I’m learning so pardom my writing…

    I would appreciatte very much information related to laws & permissions etc. in case you are thinking to establish a mini-energy from waste plant.

    We are recovering general information and evaluating this possibility, so maybe almost at European level you can help us with this.

    Kindest regards,

    Cris

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