Everything's gone green A stationary fuel-cell system is one of the core enabling technologies in Tokyo's Super Eco Town recycling initiative.
Molten-carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs) will soon be generating heat and electricity from by-products of the Japanese food industry. They'll be doing so as part of the ambitious Super Eco Town project in Tokyo, which aims to promote a recycling-based society by inviting private businesses to develop waste-treatment and recovery processes. One such business is Bioenergy, a joint venture between Ichikawa Kankyo Engineering, Kaname Kogyo and San-R (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi).
Right now, Bioenergy is constructing Japan's largest methane-gas fermentation power plant within Super Eco Town. The facility, which will process up to 110 tonnes of food waste per day, will help the food industry to meet legal requirements to recycle or reduce food waste by more than 20% by 2006. What's more, the methane gas derived from the fermentation will be fed into a MCFC power plant to generate approximately 50% of the facility's base-load electricity needs, as well as heat for the fermentation processes.
The MCFC power plant in question is a 250 kW Direct FuelCell (DFC) system, which Bioenergy is purchasing from Marubeni, the Asian distribution partner for FuelCell Energy (FCE) of the US. The plant will be shipped in the second quarter of 2005 and is slated to be operational soon afterwards. "Marubeni continues to pioneer new applications for our DFC products, and this is our first power plant to operate on anaerobic digester gas from food recycling," said Herbert Nock, senior vice-president of marketing and sales at FCE. Elsewhere, three of the five DFC plants already installed in Japan are generating power from methane-based gases at water-treatment works and breweries.
Well, not "everything!" The U.S., thanks to Bush/Cheney and their oil cronies, still pursues a foreign policy aimed at securing oil from around the world to feed our oil hungry economy. That means using our military, supporting corrupt regimes, and whatever else is needed to keep the oil flowing our way. I see little or nothing from this administration that seriouosly examines an alternative to that scenario. Change will have to come from entrepreneurs,people, and, hopefully, from local governments. It isn't going to come from the national level. At least not for four more years. This is not a political post, it's just reality!
I guess, if that's true, the USA will not be taking the lead for alternative energy. So what? There is the rest of the world that we can sell to. Europe is hungery for alternative energy supplimentation, and the thrid world, can, as they have done with cell phones, skip over the additional infrastructure of building additional oil refineries and go right to alternative energy to suppliment their needs. China can also be a hugh opportunity for us.
President Bush is an oil man. What do you expect him to do? He is loyal to his friends. He and his Saudi business buddies, perhaps through the Carlyle group, are interested in making money. That's my perception based on the information I understand to be true. If wrong, I'm open to seeing wherever the facts lead.
I agree rattlebug. These guys runing and ruining our government's reputation around the world. While they are in charge of our independence they are making us more dependent on people and places that we can't count on like the Arabs and the Russian's. What is the real price of oil when you calculate in the cost of ad to corrupt governments and the cost of the wars for oil and the un-replaceable cost of lost lives.