Monday, January 19, 2009

Trashy energy

A Massachusetts-based company has created a system for generating gas and electric power through trash. It's about the size of a tractor trailer and can be used by schools, hospitals, or large businesses. On the one hand, it saves money by creating cheap energy, while also reducing trash removal costs. It'll answer about 15 percent of a building's energy needs (depending on how many units and the size of the building).

Basically, you put the trash (without metal or glass, but just about everything else) into the contraption, it turns the trash into pellets, and then uses those pellets as fuel (using a process I'm too dumb to understand called gasification, rather than burning them).

It'll pay for itself within four years.