Ethanol from garbage?

We have been told that you could get ethanol from switchgrass, agricultural waste, even sawdust and paper pulp and now the latest: from plain and pure garbagerecycle.jpg.

World Waste Technologies, Inc.  today announced it has filed a provisional patent covering an energy self sufficient process for the treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) into the production of mixed alcohols (including ethanol) through a synthetic gas and catalyst process. The process also includes the co-generation of renewable electricity.

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One Comment on “Ethanol from garbage?”

  1. It looks like they are making wood gas and then converting that into ethanol, rather than using traditional methods. Of course, you can’t make ethanol from switchgrass either using traditional methods, but that’s beside the point.

    In theory, using this process they could convert nearly any organic material into ethanol. Which I suppose is better than wasting it by dumping it in a landfill.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we actually used our existing resources to produce our fuel instead of constantly worrying about running out?

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