Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Power Of Poo

Fibrowatt opened the country’s first poultry-waste-fueled power plant last week in Benson, Minnesota., using turkey waste for energy. The waste is stored in sealed containers at negative pressure, and the air is used as combustion air. The waste is burned at high temperatures, which heats water for a turbine that creates electricity. Now people in Maryland could find their energy coming from chicken waste.

“We have a site. We have a plan” to build a plant to convert chicken waste into power, Attorney General Doug Gansler said.

Because it’s burning a biomass, the plant’s emissions don’t have chemical toxins. The company still follows the relevant emissions regulations. However, some activists aren’t convinced the technique is environmentally friendly.

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