View Full Version : FOB Mess Hall Garbage as a Power Source

03-28-2008, 01:22 PM
Greenwire, 12 Mar 08: New technology will turn Army trash into power in Iraq (http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/news/88771.html)

....The Army will deploy two $1 million, four-ton biomass refineries to Iraq in early May to turn the piles of trash discarded in mess halls into electricity. Each generator will be capable of running for 20 hours on 1 ton of trash, providing enough power to light a small village.

Defense contractors and Purdue University scientists designed the refineries in an effort to reduce the military's diesel fuel use because fuel convoys are frequently targeted by insurgents.....

03-28-2008, 02:20 PM
Norwegians can now heat their homes and offices by flushing the toilet.

The sewage heat pump plant (http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1612612.htm), which began operating last week, uses fridge technology to tap heat from raw sewage and direct it back to the country's capital Oslo.

Actually formulating methods for energy recovery from sources such as these has a very long and distinguished history:eek:

Here is a link (http://omrpublic.iea.org/currentissues/full.pdf) to this months oil-market report by IEA and some insight to what is driving oil prices...

03-31-2008, 01:00 PM
Fall comes to Boston in fleeting bursts of color, when crimsons and ambers briefly illuminate trees before leaves drop to the ground, turn brown, and decay.

City officials hope to harness some of that ephemeral energy at a novel composting facility that would generate electricity and heat from decomposing yard clippings and food scraps. The process would curtail emissions of a destructive greenhouse gas, produce enough electricity to power up to 1,500 homes, and support a rooftop greenhouse for trees, shrubs, and flowers.


First the FOB, then why not the whole neighborhood? Might kill a coupla birds with one stone.