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Re: [greenyes] Waste-to-Energy - thermal depolymerization

At 09:58 AM 3/11/2004 -0800, SPENDELOW Peter H wrote:
To Nancy Meyer and the GRRN list-

[good comments on pyrolysis.]

As a side note to Alan Muller of Green Delaware, I don't think that claims of converting sewage or other wastes into energy implies any violation of the laws of thermodynamics. I think that the proponents are simply implying that you can take a product that is not very valuable as a fuel, and by putting it through some process, come up with products which are much more valuable as fuels. If only the reality of these operations was as good as the claims and projections.....

That is what THEY would say when challenged. But in fact they are often, if not usually, trying to get naive people to think that garbage goes in one end of the magic machine and electricity comes out the other. One can say it is sad that
so many people are so ill-educated as to be susceptible to such arguments.....but there it is.


Peter Spendelow
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 19:48:04 -0600
To: greenyes@no.address
From: Nancy Meyer Queen of All Good Things <nancy@no.address>
Subject: Re: [greenyes] Waste-to-Energy

Does anyone out there know about a company called CWT? It has developed a
process called thermal depolymerization (TDP) which converts organic waste
to energy in the form of water, oil and coal. The process basically
duplicates natural processing of these materials, but in an ultra high-speed
way. The bio-based waste includes everything from human waste to animal
byproducts to tires. ......

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