Rubbish power on the rise

Generating power from food waste could be the next big thing when it comes to renewable energy. A project called PlasCarb will take biogas that is generated by anaerobic digestion […]

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By Taryn Nixon

Generating power from food waste could be the next big thing when it comes to renewable energy.

A project called PlasCarb will take biogas that is generated by anaerobic digestion of food waste and split the methane and carbon dioxide found in the gas into two forms of energy.

By using an innovative low energy microwave plasma process, the project will try to produce graphene and renewable hydrogen from the biogas.

Graphene, is thought to conduct electricity and has a number of uses from strengthening tennis rackets to building electric circuits and solar cells.

Dr Keith Robson, Director of Formulation and Flexible Manufacturing at CPI who are leading the project said: “The project will not only seek to reduce food waste but also use new technological methods to turn it into renewable energy resources which themselves are of economic value, and all within a sustainable manner.”