I know this isn't a car-free topic, but I think it fits with a lot of the same intentions behind many people's car-free lifestyles.
A town is going to start a power plant that will vaporize garbage with plasma-arcs to create electricity. They have some pretty wild/crazy claims, so I have some questions for everyone.
1. Is it true that the vaporization will have zero emissions?
2. Will the emissions from powering the plasma-arcs really be less than that of natural gas (they're using synthetic gas)?
"No emissions are released during the closed-loop gasification, Geoplasma says.
The only emissions will come from the synthetic gas-powered turbines that
create electricity. Even that will be cleaner than burning coal or natural gas,
3. Can they really create as much energy as they're claiming?
Energy/product creation claims:
Synthetic, combustible gas produced in the process will be used to run turbines to create about 120 megawatts of electricity that will be sold back to the grid. The facility will operate on about a third of the power it generates, free from outside electricity.
About 80,000 pounds of steam per day will be sold to a neighboring Tropicana Products Inc. facility to power the juice plant's turbines.
Sludge from the county's wastewater treatment plant will be vaporized, and a material created from melted organic matter — up to 600 tons a day — will be hardened into slag, and sold for use in road and construction projects.