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Video:Waste to Energy -- An Overview
- A brief video by PES Network, Inc, introduces the concept of cost-effectively turning garbage and sewage into energy, either as electricity or as fuel. Addresses methane harvesting, plasma, solar, and catalytic pressureless depolymerization.
- Waste to Energy -- an Overview (YouTube; Jan. 16, 2008)
The saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure" is coming true in the waste-to-energy field. With some landfills overflowing, much real estate at a premium, groundwater and air pollution concerns, and fossil fuel scarcity concerns; methods of turning refuse into fuel or electricity are attractive for many reasons.
Who would have ever thought that junk and sewage could be cost-effectively turned into a valuable commodity? It turns out that there are several approaches being developed -- and even some already in commercial operation -- that, with tipping fees, can turn a profit from turning garbage and sewage into electricity and fuel.
According to their Vice President, Lynn Brown, Waste Management, the company the comes around to haul off garbage, is increasingly turning some of that garbage into energy -- enough to power over one million homes -- the equivalent of 14 million barrels of oil per year or 3.6 million tons of coal. And the company has a goal to double that amount to 2 million homes by 2020. (http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen)
Some landfills now capture the methane that comes out of the buried trash, which used to escape into the atmosphere as a potent greenhouse gas. Instead, they now burn this methane to run generators. Solar Hydrogen Energy Corporation (SHEC Labs) has developed a process that uses solar energy to convert this methane into hydrogen, and expect that within 5 years they will compete with the cheapest sources of Hydrogen.
One approach being pursued by several companies is to turn the incoming waste into plasma through a high intensity electrical arc. In the plasma state, the inflow is broken down to its elemental components -- individual atoms. What comes out is a burnable gas and an inert solid that can be used for things like pavement, bricks, and other building materials. Starting out, they are targeting medical waste because of its high tipping fees.
Green Power Inc has developed a method of inexpensively converting biomass and municipal waste into high quality diesel fuel, solving the world's energy and waste problems at the same time, without upsetting the CO2 balance.
We consider waste for energy technologies to fit the "free energy" mold. Waste is an inexhaustible or renewable energy source that will be around as long as there are humans. All trash can be recycled into something useful. Within a generation, we may begin to see home-based devices that turn your personal garbage into energy, right in the comfort of your home. It's Back to the Future in its infant stages.
Written by Sterling D. Allan, CEO of PES Network, Inc.
Voiceover by Benjamin Grundy of http://MysteriousUniverse.org
Special thanks to:
- Paul Pabor, VP of Renewable Energy, Waste Management.
See Discussion page.
Waste to Energy INTERVIEWS
- Download (13 mb; mp3) - Frank Pringle, Global Resource Corp, has invented and refined an efficient microwave energy process to turn plastics, discarded tires, and other carbon-based substances such as shale, coal, and tar sands into gas and oil. (Jan. 14, 2008)
- Download (13 mb; mp3) - Paul Pabor, VP of Renewable Energy, Waste Management, the company that comes around to haul off garbage, is increasingly turning some of that garbage into energy -- enough to power over one million homes -- the equivalent of 14 million barrels of oil per year or 3.6 million tons of coal. And the company has a goal to double that amount to 2 million homes by 2020. (Dec. 10, 2007)
- Download (13 mb; mp3) - Tom Beck, CEO of SHEC Labs talks about how his company is in process of installing their first commercial facility in Regina, SK Canada that will take the methane from the landfill and convert it to hydrogen using solar power, eliminating the methane by producing a valuable fuel. (Nov. 26, 2007)
- Download (13 mb; mp3) - Mike McLaren of W2Energy describes their biomass plasma reactor for plasma assisted conversion of biomass to liquid fuel. It efficiently produces green energy, both fuel (sulfur free diesel) and electricity, using the plasma as a high temperature catalyst. Company also has a patented rotary engine/ positive displacement pump energy system. (Oct. 8, 2007)
- Download (13 mb; mp3) - Joe Longo, President, CEO, StarTech, which converts trash to energy using a plasma process (featured in Popular Science, March 2007). (Mar. 10, 2007)
- Download (13 mb; mp3) - Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli of MagneGas, describes their process of producing fuel from waste using a plasma process. (Aug. 26, 2006)
Other PES Videos
Videos Produced by PES Network, Inc., owner of PESWiki.
- Waste to Energy > Video: Waste to Energy -- an Overview (3:01 minutes) - A brief video by PES Network introduces the concept of cost-effectively turning garbage and sewage into energy, either as electricity or as fuel. Addresses methane harvesting, plasma, solar, and catalytic pressureless depolymerization. (PESWiki; Jan. 16, 2008)
- Electrolysis > Water Fuel Cell > Overview Video: Water as Fuel (via ZPE) (3 min) - While academia has been spurning the topic, hundreds, if not thousands of hobbyists and independent investigators worldwide are working on various electrolysis-like projects which put out more energy than was required to run the electrolysis unit. (PES Network Video; Aug. 31, 2007)
- Nuclear > Nuclear Benefits? v Pure Energy - How green is atomic power? The 1950's "Atoms For Peace" program, plugged by President Eisenhower, asserted that nuclear energy could be used for anything from growing crops to powering your kitchen. Uh...look where that got us! (PES Network Video at YouTube; Sept. 17, 2007)
- Gravity Motors > Hall Gravity Wheel B > Douglass K. Furr, Ph.D.'s Replication of Gravity Wheel B Does Not Run - Ultra-precise machining job based on Scott Hall and paddyboytube's wheels, does not self-drive across a flat surface, but decelerates.
In the News
- Featured: Waste-to-Energy / Water as Fuel > Fundraisers >
Small Fundraiser for Free Energy Artist - Joseph Riso has helped us out a number of times. He did my business card, he produced an excellent video on Water as Fuel as well as on Waste-to-Energy, and he compiled a hilarious video featuring an irate phone call I got one time from James Kwok of Hidro. He also set up a Free Energy T-shirt and mug shop. (PureEnergyBlog; April 25, 2013)