Municipal waste can be used as a source of renewable energy in order to create electricity for a city and its surrounding areas.
Why Waste Helps
Though it might seem that the trash heaps are getting bigger and bigger in your town, this doesn’t mean they can’t help in the city’s quest to create renewable energy. Industrial waste and municipal waste alike can help to create more methane which can then be used for combustion which can then create a renewable source of electricity.
When waste breaks down in a landfill or in some other waste storage facility, the molecules begin to break down, causing the waste to rot. This rotting process is actually fermentation in which the structures of the waste disconnect, releasing gas as they do. When the gas is released, some of it is carbon dioxide, some of it is oxygen, and some of it is methane. It’s the methane which can be used to create electricity to then add power to the power grid.
This is not to say that waste should be created with the intention of creating a source of renewable energy, but using the waste for a good cause can also help to make it less of a problem. However, it’s going to be best to stop the creation of waste as the transport of the waste and other processing of the waste in the plant does require fossil fuels.
Some waste can not be used for renewable energy, but when it can be used, it seems that it can help to power up the city without adding to the energy consumption problems.