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 Post subject: A new type of mining for Energy - fatbers
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:15 pm 
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It sounds like a monster from a Victorian penny dreadful: a revolting, stinking mass of gelatinous glop lurks under the streets of London, threatening the citizenry. What's to be done?

Burn it with fire! Well, use it as an alternative energy source.

Fat and oil that accumulate in the city's drains and sewers -- forming large clogging masses called "fatbergs" -- are to be harvested and used to generate electricity at the largest plant of its kind in the world.

The grease will be fed into a power station at Beckton in east London that will produce an estimated 130 gigawatt hours (GWh) a year of renewable electricity, according to BBC News. An operation of that scale would be unprecedented.
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London waterworks Thames Water has a crew of about 40 "sewer flushers" that patrol London's largest trunk sewers and clear 80,000 blockages a year. Check out the mess in the video below.

Most of them are caused by cooking oil and grease, which cool and congeal in the waterways, forming fatbergs (some of the most unusual items the flushers find down below: hand grenades, crayfish, and false teeth). Removing the fatbergs costs more than $1.5 million every month.

The utility plans to install "fat traps" under the sinks of restaurants and fast food outlets in the city. The harvested fat, as well as fat in the sewers, will be burned at the east London plant starting in 2015.

The company running the plant, 20C, says there will be no smoke and no smell from using the fat. Meanwhile, Thames Water will buy 75 GWh of the energy generated to power its Beckton sewage works.

"There's no reason why all these big cities around the world -- New York, Los Angeles, you name it -- shouldn't have these kind of programs going on in their neighborhoods as well," PRI quoted Simon Evans, a spokesman with Thames Water, as saying.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-575 ... or-energy/

And a video of it can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwBOM30L ... r_embedded


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 Post subject: Re: A new type of mining for Energy - fatbers
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:01 pm 
Very interesting!


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 Post subject: Re: A new type of mining for Energy - fatbers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:21 am 
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130 gigawatt hours (GWh) :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: Somewhere there is a decimal point in the wrong place.

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 Post subject: Re: A new type of mining for Energy - fatbers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:28 am 
I think that he meant 1.21 gigawatt hours :twisted: :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: A new type of mining for Energy - fatbers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:53 pm 
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Ok. My mistake! Around here Power Plants are rated in power out. So a typical large coal plant is 1000 Megawatts. If i did the conversion correctly the fat plant would be a 15 Megawatt. That is believable.

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 Post subject: Re: A new type of mining for Energy - fatbers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:10 pm 
My comment was a joke.


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