1. Sustainability Problem: Non-Recyclable Solid Municipal Waste
Most large cities have heaps of municipal waste that they are unable to deal with. Even more worrying is the fact that a significant percentage of this waste is non-recyclable. Landfills are quickly losing their charm as an efficient way to manage this waste due to their ability to pollute surrounding soils and water bodies, the NIMBY phenomenon quickly spreading across communities and the rising cost of land.
2. Technology: Enerkem’s Exclusive Thermochemical Process
- Enerkem, uses a thermochemical process to convert non-recyclable waste into green chemicals and biofuels i.e. methanol and ethanol
- Enerkem’s exclusive process is environmentally sound and requires relatively low temperatures and pressures, which reduces energy requirements and costs
- The technology is able to convert multi-feedstock – this is to say Enerkem’s system is able to transform an indiscriminate mix of solid municipal waste.
- The technology replaces the use of petroleum for the production of liquid transportation fuels and chemicals
3. Organizational stakeholders that will need to use the technology:
- Municipal Authorities in order to handle the waste of cities
- Businesses that generate a lot of waste
- Green Energy companies
4. First 3 steps in deploying this technology:
- Create an efficient aggregation program for bringing the waste to designated points
- Partner with Enerkem to arrange for installations
- Have a distribution system in place for immediate distribution of finished products (Fuels and Chemicals)
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The ArchiBlox Positive House merges urban farming and insulation by incorporating sliding edible garden walls to reduce sunlight infiltration and a green roof for increased thermal insulation.