Energy From Trash Should Be a Priority For Hawaii


We the people and our activities generate a lot of:

  • Trash including food, paper and plastic waste
  • Defecate captured as sludge at wastewater treatment plants
  • Yard, landscaping and related green waste
  • Wood and textile based waste such as discarded home parts and furniture
  • Agricultural waste (bagasse, manure, dead animals and animal parts)
  • Used oils from frying pans and fryers to oil charges of cars, trucks and Navy ships

All this is trash and treasure at the same time. Almost any combination of the wastes listed above has a thermal content that is higher than lower grade coal such as lignite. There are dozens of plants in Australia, China, Germany, Greece and others that burn lignite to produce steam to spin turbines to generate electric power.

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