A revolutionary new furnace can make clean energy by vaporizing heaps of trash without any waste or emissions.
The Sierra Energy company is trying to get rid of all the trash that ends up in landfills, which includes everything from hazardous wastes and plastics to everyday trash and tires. This new blast furnace uses FastOx gasification technology to heat all of the trash to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about twice as hot as the heart of a volcano.
Though you would likely think that this would require an enormous amount of energy, the system is able to generate the heat simply by injecting pure oxygen into the furnace. Once this happens, the oxygen reacts with the carbon emanating from the rotting garbage in order to create carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Then, the steam is pumped back into the furnace to maintain the internal temperature.
The fuel made through FastOx technology is said to be twenty times cleaner than California fuel standards. That’s why it’s so great that Sierra Energy just announced that they were able to close a $33 million Series A investment round that would further develop and commercialize its technology for municipalities and landfills.
“The world is drowning in trash which, when landfilled, is a leading generator of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more harmful to our climate than carbon dioxide,” explained Mike Hart, Sierra Energy’s CEO. “Our FastOx gasification technology can efficiently and cost-effectively convert this trash into electricity, hydrogen, renewable natural gas, diesel, ammonia, and a variety of other valuable end-products. When you combine our technology with recycling and other waste diversion strategies, you have the solution to the world’s waste problem as well as a valuable source of renewable energy.”
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