In my blog post of last week I touched upon ways to optimize the level of recycled materials from waste. This week I will look at a different way of treating waste: as an energy source. Among the concept registrations of the Innovation Awards we discovered a number of innovations operating in a niche in a rapidly expanding industry. These concepts are focusing on decentralization, waste gasses and awareness, as input to create energy.
The Waste Transformers
Recycling is an energy-intensive process, not to mention the energy it takes to transport waste to large central recycling plants. The Waste Transformers found a solution: small transportable energy plants which can, on location, turn waste materials into electricity or fuel, ready to be used straight away. Until now, waste was transported from production facilities to recycling plants, which are often located away from cities or even abroad. By processing waste on location, firms can both keep the returns for themselves (by using the generated fuel or electricity) and reduce the carbon footprint of the plant in two ways: reducing the external energy needed to operate a production facility; and cutting out any transport for their waste.