Korea turns to pig waste for power
Following countries as Denmark and Germany, South Korea
is building a power plant that turns animal waste into
The initiative comes as a part of the capital of Seoul's plan to develop
The plant is capable of burning about 20 tonnes
of animal excrement a day generated by some 2,500 pigs to produce 30 kilowatts
(kW) of electricity. This, in turn, is enough to power about 100
The energy ministry said it will cap
any harmful emissions from the plant, located South East of Seoul. It will serve
as a model to generate power from the 51 million tonnes of animal waste produced
in South Korea every year.
It is assumed that on a national scale,
the country could eventually create the energy equivalent of 360,000 tonnes of
oil a year from using animal waste.
More power plants
energy ministry official announced that the government plans to build three more
cogeneration power plants of this type this year - and maybe even up to 20 new
facilities by 2008.
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