Converting Municipal Waste to Energy at industrial and personal scales

Problem: Global annual production of municipal solid waste (MSW) is expected to grow from 1.3 billion tonnes today to 9.8 billion tonnes in 2050. That waste represents 4-5 billion barrels of oil, about 2/3 of the oil the United States uses annually.

Solution: Imagine a box that you put on a landfill where you pump in municipal solid waste on one side and energy and valuable resources comes out the other. Sound crazy? Jeff’s already built such a system.

Breakthrough technology that might make it possible: The system uses plasma gas to super heat waste, turning organic materials into synthetic gas which can be harvested and used as a fuel and inorganic materials into a construction product.

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