A U.S. company called Green Power has demonstrated a way of turning landfill waste into diesel fuel.
The process, called Catalytic Depolymerization, was demonstrated July 26 using a mobile unit mounted on a tractor-trailer in Fife, Washington in front of 200 onlookers, government officials, and media.
The patented, low-temperature process can reportedly convert regular household waste, medical waste, metal, glass or porcelain into diesel power with zero pollution.
A permanent plant would be able to consume up to 2,000 tons of landfill waste per day, says Green Power. A typical 500 ton-per-day plant would yield approximately 75,000 gallons of high-grade diesel fuel in the same period, the company claims. It also says the fuel would be competitively priced at .52 to .58 USD per gallon.
The process is currently undergoing technical verification and standardization tests through Combustion Resources of Provo, Utah and Idaho National Laboratories, two independent firms specializing in the verification of such technologies. Results are expected in a few weeks.