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21 Jul 10 PYROLYSIS SOLAR PYROLYSIS GREEN GARBAGE DISPOSAL COAL ASH ALTERNATIVE FRESNEL LENS This is an idea I have had for a long time. Solar power. This offers an option for coal fire plants reducing the byproduct of coal ash disposal sites. This can be used for GREEN ENERGY power production. Many people do not realize that coal ash is used in products they have in their house. While is is trapped somewhat safely in some cement products, the high levels of heavy metals may present in household items.
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Video Rating: 4 / 5


Reader's Comments

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    I have 3 more questions after that first one. Maybe you could help me out.

    1. Doesn’t water fill the glass container if it has a hole in it?

    2. What size lens did you use? After watching the blue-shirted guy’s videos, I learned that leaving materials in a pyrolysis reaction for different temperatures creates different end products.

    3. How long should this be left in there? You still had a few bits of wood left over at the end so I’m guessing 25 minutes isn’t long enough.

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    @caronthegerman It works for both. They actually use this in plasma plants but they have issues. Look for the video on the side bar with the guy wearing a blue shirt and glases. He has a 3 part video that explains in detail. VERY GOOD INFORMATION!

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    Hey Dan,

    does this only work for biodegradable materials or could I put foils or general trash into this as well? (plastics)

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    I wonder what gasses are escaping? Maybe they could be fractionally condensed and you could get kerosene or something else as a byproduct..

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    If one were to do this experiment, where could he or she get step-by-step instructions?

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    Recycle Everything.
    Paper and cardbord
    And use the leftover food for compost for enriching soils
    Reforestate the desert
    Reroute sewage to the deserts for soil creation.
    How many ideas presented on this planet are creating more problems from there ideas than they solve.
    What will be done with all the carbon they burn up?
    Where will all the charcoal go?
    What about fumes?
    Recycle Everything.
    And use it again.
    Preventing useless destruction of resources.

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    In that case the moisture content of the garbage would be quickly evaporated by the high temperatures, then forced out by increasing gas pressures on the interior of the container.

    Moisture literally does not matter for this process.

    Pyrolysis can also produce Slag and Rock Wool, usable for insulation, building materials, paving supplies, and a long list of other applications, including the cleaning of oil spills. Rock Wool is highly absorbent.

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    This article only partially explains the near limitless benefits of Pyrolysis. Aside from waste disposal, the gasses (as mentioned) can be burned for fuel, or in combination with steam (the water is superheated during the process, and vented through turbines) to generate upwards of 4MW of continuous power output.

    Yes, that’s Megawatts. Four MILLION watts. That’s a hefty sum, considering that many clothes dryers take up only about 7,500W during use. One Pyrolysis plant would power 533 of them.

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    Check out “plasma gasification” here on youtube.

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    The gas generated in the process consists, among other things of methane, methanol and acetone. This gas can be srcubbed to remove noxious impurities and then burned cleanly to produce steam and or electricity via a gas turbine. Check out plasma gasification of garbage; companies like Geoplasma are working on this.
    Great work Dan.

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    Got it..!! Thank you..! :)

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    The water vapor exits first. It does not have to be dry, just not soaking wet. Similar methods used for incineration, they usually do a mild gravity dry or compression first.

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    But what happens in the case of wet garbage. In cases where the garbage is fresh out of homes then how does one convert it into char? Can the same process be used for such waste, or does one need to wait for it to dry first and then dispose it??

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    what is the definition of ‘retorte’ as you used it in your post?

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    The water bath is a waste of energy. Use a suitable material for the retorte in the first place and skip the water bath. By all means capture and use the escaping gas, THAT is the whole purpose of pyrolysys. That stuff you are wasting can be a substitute for OIL if processed further.

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    holy damn that’s genious!!!

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    Yes, I think it it would be a better hybrid alternative to speed up the process while reducing emissions. The vent gasses are combustible.

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    Hey Dan, they’re talking about biochar being the best way to sequester carbon and improve soils fertility … but all the biochar ovens i’ve seen seem to use conventional energy to heat the biomass … looks like your solar method releases zero carbon into the air…. do you think it could be up-scaled to make biochar on mass ?

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    porfavor traduscan al español , gracias…

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    Stop calling you ideas crazy

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    DUDE! The escaping gas is the most useful part of the process! That gas is commonly called syngas. It’s a mixture of methane, hydrogen, carbon monoxide and water vapour, along long chain hydrocarbons–tars.

    What you want to do is pass that gas through another cool container to condense all the tars out of it, then use it to run a normal piston-cylinder engine. Like a lawn mower or a small generator!

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    you should be able to light the gas coming out of the shavings.its called wood gas

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    awesome. you could coil a hose in the water to heat the water running through it and connect that to your hot water heater. the water would already be warm entering the hot water heater, so, less work for your hot water heater, and less electricity being used.

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    Wow, this is excellent. Having built a few solar ovens myself I wondered whether it would be a viable way of producing biochar – and now you’ve proven the concept! Well done!

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    Very cool! I’ve never heard of biochar. It seems like a really nifty alternative.
    Thanks, Greenpowerscience!

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    WOW thats stupid!!!

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    @xEmptyPinata7x lmao i saw that too!

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    @RaineStrifentine Thanks man so funny 😀 You should have left “STOP I lost my contact” in though still awesome

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    are these people suposed to be gay?

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    STOP i lost my contacts

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    @1234adrian4 LOL i have that flipnote too!

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    omfg ! so does mine ! ahahahahahahahah !

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    i saw this on flipnote studio (nintendo Dsi

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    My math teacher does this dance XD

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    trying not to laugh at this is really hard i probably watched it about 30 times now and i am still cracking up!!!!!!

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    oh my word lol

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    @jkaylin16 pipe down ya faggot.

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    I level’d

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    seriously, it makes me wanna pee.
    i do this when i’m high and bored bro.
    omg. lmao. i’ll get on a table and do it.

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    where the fuck is this from? haha (:

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    its freaking amazing.

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    dats the best vid ive ever saw!

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    i like

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    Congratulations, homophobe. You are an outstanding member of our society, and you are in no way a fucking idiot.

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    if you seriously don’t wanna get up and do the dance after you watch this, you’ve gotta be crazy :)
    this made my day 😀

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    once at ROTC the drill commander walked out and screamed “LETS DO THE FORK IN THE GARBAGE DISPOSLE” and we all did the dance in full unifrom in formation it was great