Innoventé produce electricity

Thursday December 12, 2013

Innoventé produce electricity When garbage becomes green

Researchers, engineers and inventors around the world are trying to find a solution for garbage production. Landfilling, which costs between $50 and $100 per tonne, will end in the province of Québec, in 2020. This will be advantageous for businesses like Innoventé, who will be able to benefit from the situation.

 

The small Québec enterprise uses biofuel to produce electricity and heat, contrary to other businesses, which transform residual material into natural gas. Last October, it became Hydro-Québec’s first supplier of green electricity generated from residual materials.

 

How does it work?

 

Two processes are required to transform biomass into energy: bio-drying and cogeneration.

 

Bio-drying

Innoventé processes wet biomass (organic wastes) in a bio-dryer, where the bacteria generated produce heat that helps to dry the waste, which then becomes a key biofuel.

 

Cogeneration

By definition, cogeneration is “the simultaneous production of thermal and mechanical energy.” That is what happens when biofuel is combusted—the vapour drives a turbogenerator which produces electricity and heat. The electricity is then distributed to Hydro-Québec, and the heat will eventually be sent to greenhouses. The residual material itself can be reused as fertilizer.

 

Innoventé’s owners plan on exporting their ground-breaking concept which may become the solution for waste landfilling.


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