Monday, February 28, 2011

NJ authority helping to develop trash-to-gas technology

Concerns about decreasing space, strict environmental regulations and how to handle trash disposal in the coming decades have the Atlantic County Utilities Authority looking at technology that would be the first of its kind in New Jersey.

On paper, the system is simple: Take household waste with the recyclables removed and apply heat at temperatures between 3,000 and 5,000 degrees.

The resulting material is a combination of gases that can be used to power steam turbines and a glass-like slag that can be used in construction. The leftover solid material is 5 percent of the original volume.

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