Energy From Waste In Nature Reserves
By Cynthia Taylor
Conservationists and the government are working together to investigate how they can create energy from waste produced in nature reserves.
The DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change), who are in collaboration with the conservation charities, like RSPB and Natural England, are funding a competition, in which a trial is being done on nature reserves across the UK.
Greg Barker, the Energy and Climate Change Minister, has said that Bio-energy was an important part of th UK's energy mi and that it has the potential to be able to reduce system costs by about £42 billion by the year 2050.
The wetlands are home to a large variety of species such as Bitterns to the water voles. And the management of them for wildlife produces a large amount of organic waste material.
This organic waste material can be cut up by using a mechanical cutter and then turned in to briquettes. Once they turned in to the briquettes they can be burned in boilers or log burners.
Reeds can also be added to an anaerobic digestion machine, this will produce methane for conversion into heat or electricity.
The RSPB project manager, Sally Mills, said that all across the UK Conservation organisations produce thousands of tons of waste matter.
And they said that in the past the subject of this waste has been a big issue and that they often are forced burn it on a bonfire.
However, the DECC now want to find new ways to produce energy, without releasing unwanted carbon emissions into the atmosphere, and now the conservationists can turn the waste off the reserves into electricity and heat.
They are making use of some very impressive technology which includes bolchar kilns, boilers, briquette makers, anaerobic digesterís and the results of these actions, the end products are creating some amazing results.
They have proved that they are able to take the cleared wetland vegetation and by using that they have been able to heat nearby buildings and also produce electricity that is fed to the National grid.
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