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Energy Independence And Massive Industrial Growth

Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion is old technology having been around for several centuries, especially in China. The cited improvements in this article coupled with the beneficial, comprehensive, and holistic management of waste products are cumulatively responsible for achieving energy independence on a sustainable basis.

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Massive Industrial Growth

All of the supporting science already exists. The proposed energy independence, in turn, can wholly support the future massive industrial growth that is now but gradually occurring throughout Asia. Compliance with the Kyoto protocols occurs automatically as the biodiesel refining and electricity generation technologies are both environmentally benign.

Many permanent jobs are created as are export opportunities. Governmental subsidies are not required as the technology manifests a quite positive return on investment. There are no political, environmental, or economic downsides that have yet been identified.

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Anerobic Digestion Plant

Marketplace success is intimately tied to:

  1. The use of highly efficient anaerobic digestion of all liquid and solid waste streams,
  2. The use of steam for highly efficient vegetable oil extraction,
  3. The use of highly efficient combined cycle electricity generation,
  4. The use of inexpensive land for distributed greenhouse siting,
  5. The use of cost-effective greenhouse construction materials and labor,
  6. The beneficial recycling of plant nutrients,
  7. The beneficial recycling of carbon dioxide to enhance plant growth,
  8. The beneficial recycling of organic fertilizer to replace soil matrix lost during harvesting,
  9. A comprehensive use of air and liquid heat exchangers to minimize operational heat loss, and
  10. An unequivocal commitment to launch the technology without looking back.

Waste-To-Energy And Holistic Material Processing

The beneficial recycling of plant nutrients, carbon dioxide, and organic fertilizer translates into sustainability. No outside resources are required after each greenhouse becomes fully operational. If the greenhouses are built large enough, economical pipeline transportation of finished biodiesel, water, and liquefied carbon dioxide may be evaluated.

Each greenhouse may be considered for additional fruit and vegetable production, concentrated animal feeding/processing, and fresh fish farming/processing as all such activities require the same recycling of plant nutrients, organic fertilizer, carbon dioxide, and water for routine operations.

All such additional activities generate liquid and solid wastes which can be anaerobically digested to generate more energy than that required for product production. It's all about highly efficient waste-to-energy coupled with comprehensive holistic material processing.

Sustainable Energy Independence

Energy independence on a sustainable basis represents a massive economic impact on each country that utilizes the technology. Economic development can proceed without energy limitations. The energy is clean and environmentally benign while entirely satisfying ground, air, and ocean transportation fuels and lubricants demand as well as a country's electricity requirements. After full development fossil based fuels will no longer be necessary.

Future development of this technology will likely consist of constructing a 100 acre two-story demonstration greenhouse to establish the validity of all pertinent features, i.e., four crops/year, recycling of nutrients, carbon dioxide, NOx, and irrigation water. Electricity generation and biodiesel yield/acre will also be established along with construction costs and facility operational expenses. This size facility will also establish the feasibility of adding additional future floors to increase production. Ten to fifty story greenhouses of 1.5 km x 1.5 km in area are viewed as a minimum size because of the economies of scale. After the demonstration facility establishes technology viability, additional development will likely be pursued rapidly by many countries.

Project Development Steps:

  1. Provide waste characteristics and volumes to enable BioWaste Energy to calculate approximate energy and other co-products that can be produced.
  2. Authorize feasibility study to determine project costs, benefits, and estimated timetable to complete biowastes-to-energy installation.

Converting biowastes into green energy through super-efficient anaerobic digestion is a fantastic win-win technology for all humans and our environment. How soon may we begin?

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