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Household Waste To Be Used To Produce Fuel


A large-scale project to use household waste to produce bio-substitute natural gas will get underway in Wiltshire this year, after the Advanced Plasma Power and National Grid facility sourced an oxygen supplier for its operation.


Professional Engineering reported on the scheme, which will see 10,000 tonnes of rubbish turned into the green fuel, which emits 80 per cent less CO2 than diesel.


The energy will be used to heat homes, as well as to provide fuel for lorries, with the developers noting that there are a great many potential uses for this fuel source.


They include providing power for boilers and cookers, as well as potentially being suitable for use in other chemical processes that use natural gas to make hydrogen. The largely methane biogas is similar enough to natural gas that it could be used in this way.


Philippa Oldham, head of transport and manufacturing at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, told the publication that this kind of biogas, which is generated using waste, can help improve the image of this type of fuel.


“From a transport perspective there is a huge opportunity to use biofuels to reduce emissions,” she added.


Last month the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) called on the government to provide greater support to the biomethane production industry in the UK, pointing to the success of biogas buses in Nottingham as one example of how the fuel can be beneficial.


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