We need more and more fuel as the world develops, and new sources are increasingly sought. The possibility of renewable sources is growing in importance every year, as the horizon of fuel draws ever closer. Nuclear Power once filled the void – technically sustainable for a few centuries, Fukushima has highlighted once again the safety reality. Many nuclear programmes have been abandoned because of Fukushima, even despite the fact that these nations have no active geological problems. Still, existing renewable sources have their drawbacks. The acres of land and the skylines that we ruin by putting up wind turbines must be weighed against their use. The more tools at our disposal for electricity generation, the better we can react to individual requirements.
How about generating power from your Chinese delivery in Harrow waste though? The idea seems slightly icky if we’re honest, but it’s a logical use of our waste products. Despite the names claiming otherwise, ‘renewable’ sources focus on exploiting resources that are unlimited, rather than renewed. It’s a misnomer, since you don’t use the same bit of solar energy twice. We’re always going to need food, and we can always use waste food to grow food-stuffs: it’s a truly renewable source.
Costing about £24 million, Staffordshire in the UK has already been graced with a so called ‘digestion’ power plant. It will process 120,000 tons of kitchen waste every year. Though power generated at the plant is benefiting the county of Staffordshire, they’re not yet the ones collecting the waste. The nearest place generating waste for the plant to use is Wolverhampton. However, until councils start send their Indian takeaways in Harrow leftovers to the power plant, concerns must rightly be raised about the pollution that is caused.
But we’re right to be excited about the technology. People have shown themselves very open to reducing the amount of waste that they send to landfill. And many councils around the UK already encourage residents to compose their food waste, or even send it to local facilities. If such plants were to become a feature of councils on a national scale, we could have a better world of people putting indian food Sutton into a bin to power their homes.