Recycling waste 'to generate energy'

18 March 2009 — 2:00 PM

Used mobiles could be used to create energy

A new technology capable of converting waste into electricity could be about to emerge.

Currently, recycling mobile phones and other electrical items is one option for those who want to act in an environmentally-responsible manner, but Waste2Tricity's solution could take this one step further.

The company believes its plasma gasification technology can transform waste into power when combined with fuel cells.

It is hoped the move could have "significant environmental and cost benefits" and Waste2Tricity has proposed the development of a £135 million plant in support of this.

This venue could potentially convert around 250,000 tonnes of waste into electricity each year.

Katy O'Rorke, a spokeswoman for the organisation, said the move "represents a switch from a focus on waste management to that of energy generation … in an environmentally responsible and profitable way".

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