Coffee set to power factories as well as workers

Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 01:01 PM
posted by rene5432

As the movement toward renewable electricity continues to gain steam, more and more companies are finding ways to produce green energy from surprising sources.

Waste Management World reports that the University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center has begun work on a power plant that would run on the waste from coffee production.

The university has started work with one of the world's leading coffee companies, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, famous largely for their Keurig individual coffee cups. The company's coffee processing plant in Waterbury, Vermont, produces tons of waste ranging from residue from the coffee itself to the bags it comes in.

EERC has set out to transform this diverse waste into a gas that can be used to power a traditional steam-based power turbine, helping to run the processing plant.

CleanTechnica reports that coffee grinds and other coffee waste has already been used in various ways in the green energy sector, while a growing number of companies around the country have begun to look for ways to turn their biomass waste into fuel. As this process improves, companies could dramatically reduce the amount of waste in rivers and landfills, all while providing renewable electricity.

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