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Germany is Powering Cars on Food Scraps

A pilot project in Germany is collecting food waste from wholesale fruit and cialis en mexico vegetable markets and cafeterias to ferment and make methane, which will then be used to power vehicles that have been converted to run on get cialis prescription natural gas.

The pilot plant has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology and is located next to Stuttgart's wholesale produce market for easy access to food waste. The plant will make methane from the levitra samples in canada waste by using microorganisms to cheapest propecia in uk break down the food in a two-stage digestion process over a few days.

Because the food waste being fermented on any given day can be more or less acidic depending on what was tossed out, the pH levels have to be constantly monitored in order for the microorganisms to best do their thing. The waste is low price cialis held in several tanks that feature a management system that monitors many parameters, including pH level. The software then calculates how many liters of which waste should be mixed together to feed to the microorganisms.

The plant produces about two-thirds methane and one-third carbon dioxide from the process, but nothing goes unused:  the filtrate water which contains nitrogen and phosphorous, and the carbon dioxide produced from the fermentation are both used to cultivate algae for another project, while the sludge left behind from the fermentation is sent to other institutes that are capable of making methane from it.

The pilot project has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and buy canadian levitra online Research and has partnerships with energy company Energie Baden-Württemberg, which is processing the buy viagra on line biogas, and with Daimler, which is supplying natural gas-converted vehicles to run on the fuel.

via Gizmag

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written by Jane, February 22, 2012
Quite interesting! I was informed with good news in the market. Hoping for a successful project in the present. =)
Lots of potential.
written by Ron Wagner, February 23, 2012
Sewage, landfills, garbage, agricultural waste, etc. all provide a massive amount of material that can be converted to natural gas. The technology is already here. Caterpillar even makes special generators that run on dirty natural gas from landfills. It does not have to be perfectly refined.
A Texas company, Terrabon Inc, recently received a contract to viagra official web site produce Jet Fuel from food waste from the US Air Force
written by Mehul Kamdar, February 23, 2012
A US company called Terrabon Inc website: recently received a contract from the US Air Force to manufacture Jet Fuel from food waste. Terrabon have demonstrated the conversion of sewage into synthetic crude oil based on technology licensed from the Texas A and M University in the past. These are exciting times, indeed, and hopefully a breakthrough somewhere will help convert a huge amount of the waste generated around the world into fuel and reduce the need to drill for more oil.

Innovative but...
written by AlGen, March 04, 2012
This is one of the very innovative approaches in Germany. Sadly, that we still don't have a vital venture capital culture here, forcing a lot of interesting projects to shut down much too early...

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