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September 15, 2011 / availableworld

‘Microwave waste’ to get biofuel

Microwaving waste food products could be used to produce important chemicals and biofuels, new technology has shown.

The methods would potentially allow food waste to be processed at home and on an industrial scale.

The technology could provide a renewable source of carbon, as well as addressing the growing problem of global waste.

Professor James Clark of the University of York unveiled these plans at the British Science Festival in Bradford.

Using highly focused microwaves, the scientists believe they can input any organic waste, and extract useful chemical compounds that can be harnessed in materials and biofuel applications.

An international group of scientists have been working together to develop this technology, and they plan to build a demonstration facility in York later this year.

Source : BBC news


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