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According to a recent study conducted by Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, olive waste can be used to generate usable electricity. According to the researchers, mash produced from the olives during olive oil production, can be effectively used to power batteries, which in turn can be converted into electricity.
Scientists from all over the world have immensely applauded this new invention in the field of electrical technology involving bio-gas, and have strongly backed the idea saying that,
“the new procedure not only helps in producing green energy from the organic waste, but also greatly reduces the amount toxins and chemicals that are being inducted into the earth in the name of land fillings.”
The study has become very popular that it caught the fancy of none other than American President, Mr Barack Obama, who was given a special presentation on ‘Producing Electrical Energy with Olive Waste,’ on his recent trip to Sweden at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
According to Carina Lagergren, the chief of the research group, “Mr. Obama was very fascinated and impressed with the idea and wanted the research to develop into a fully functional and adaptable system very soon.” She added, “He wants to have a look at the totally developed system so that he could encourage the olive farmers back home.”
Main Aim of the Research
“The main aim of the research was to actually find a way to reduce the olive mash toxins being inducted into the earth, which can be very dangerous,” says Carina Lagergren and continues to add, “now that we have found a procedure to eliminate toxins from the olive waste, producing electricity from it only adds up as a bonus.”
The project reached its final stages at the end of year 2014, and today a proto-type conversion system is fully functional at an olive oil production company owned and operated co-operative of San Isidro de Loja, Granada. The energy produced by this proto-type unit is capable of generating the energy required for the entire plant.
Producing electrical energy with olive waste is achieved in three phases. In the first phase, the olive mash is introduced into a digester tank where it is further broke down into bio-gas.
The bio-gas thus released consists of methane, CO2 (carbon dioxide) as well as traces of some sulfur compounds. In the second phase, these gases are allowed to enter into a reformer unit capable of converting these mixed gases into CO2 and hydrogen respectively, which are then induced into fuel cells. In the third and last phase, the fuel cells are exposed to oxygen, which reacts with CO2 and hydrogen to generate heat and electricity.
The end result is reduced toxins in olive waste, which can then be safely moved to landfills and production of electrical energy, which can be used to run the very plant that is producing it.
Practical Results and Future Goals
The proto-type system in San Isidro de Loja, is currently generating around 1KW power, which is being successfully used to run the plant. The co-operative of San Isidro de Loja and its project partners are now planning to invest in a large scale olive power plant in the premises of the oil processing unit, which will be capable of generating 200KW by the end of 2015.
Delighted Carina Lagergren says, “If we are able to achieve this feat (of generating 200KW) this year, it would be great. Because, the kind of power we will be generating from the olive mash will not only help power the conversion plant, but will also contribute up to 50% of the total power consumed by its parent plant (olive oil processing plant).”
This new step towards producing electrical energy from bio-gas has been one the greatest achievements this year. Let’s hope that many such worthwhile inventions take place in the near future, assuring us as well as the generations to come, a cleaner and greener planet.
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