A Brand New Project Is Underway!
Since returning from her trip to Beijing, Dr. Ming has been intensely researching different avenues of energy sources that have the potential to be shipped to her home country of China. Now, with some funding from some local investors, we have the time and resources to start doing some research!
In the next month, alongside the work that Dr. Ming has already conducted in the realms of AC/DC Power Converters, we are hoping to present important business and political forces in China with alternatives to the wasteful energy production methods that they are currently using. After taking a wide look at the state of energy production as it stands today, we’ve narrowed our options down to three possible resources. Over the course of the next month, we are hoping to rigorously test each method of energy production, so that Dr. Ming can return to Beijing with a selection of options for local communities to embrace
These are the 3 options that we are hoping to explore:
Gas From Landfills
Waste disposal is a huge issue in Beijing, with 45,000 cubic metres of garbage accumulating in the surrounding villages over the past few years. More than a thousand unauthorised dumps have sprung up in the areas outside the capital in recent years, leading to serious health risks as a result of water and soil pollution. Although the Chinese government began combating the increasing amount of urban waste in the 90s, they have been unable to keep up with the demand that the growing city population has created.
Although standardised landfills were initially built at a quick rate, this has slowed down in recent years – leading to unofficial dumps popping up. One of our ideas is to harness the natural methane gases that are produced by the waste here and re-purpose them into energy that can help local communities, rather than hinder them.
Although China’s CO2 emissions have been recorded as the highest produced by any other country (three times as much as the entire European Union!), in order to decrease this we may well need to look into producing more in the short term – another way of dealing with Beijing’s rising mounds of refuse could be to burn it. Many countries have found that processing their burnable waste for fuel has been an effective measure in producing energy, as well as getting rid of excess waste.
The environmental effects of simply burning waste obviously needs to be investigated. We’re hoping to collect varying kinds of rubbish from the local council authorities and burn these using different methods – to see if incineration of refuse could be the way forward for China’s pollution problem.
Wood Production and Burning
Lastly, the burning of wood – although evidently archaic – might just be the step backward that could bump down China’s pollutant heavy energy production methods. The use of Short Coppice Rotation methods have been used (and subsidised) for a long time in the UK. Willow trees can be grown in a relatively short space of time and can yield a high amount of energy, once processed and burned.