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A new prototype to expand the array of waste types that can be incinerated to produce energy.
Rotten food, pig manure and baby wipes all share a common trait: they could be used to produce biogas and biofuels. A new pyrolysis-based prototype is currently being tested to increase the variety of materials that can be burnt to generate energy. This innovative system, called Pyrofab, was developed by the European Bioenergy Research Institute of Aston University in Birmingham, Great Britain. Through pyrolysis processes, the prototype will be tested to determine the energetic potential of different kinds of residual and waste material for the production of environmental-friendly fuels.
This technology is really compact, researchers say: being the size of two common shipping containers, it can be easily transported and installed anywhere.
These prototypes are soon going to be tested by a group of partners in France, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands within BioenNW, a project financed by the European Union, then they will be brought back to Great Britain.
“This system makes the most out of waste, producing zero-impact bioenergy and biofuel – says Tony Bridgewater, the head of the research institute – This has a huge potential for enterprises and local authorities to reduce waste management costs”.
“When you think about our future energy security and sustainability, baby wipes and leftovers might not be the first things that spring to mind – adds Bridgewater – Through this project, partners are using EBRI developed technology to put waste at the forefront of the race to meet Europe’s biggest energy challenges.”