Start the Presses: Paper Waste Could Power the Planet

13 February 2014 4:15 pm
A paper mill in Canada

Flickr/Photo by Christopher Craig

A paper mill in Canada

Waste produced from paper manufacturing has more potential than just sitting in a landfill. In a study published in the American Chemical Society' journal Energy & Fuels, chemists reveal a way to turn the tremendous amounts of trash into a solid fuel similar to coal. Using a process that applies heat and pressure to break down the substance in a pilot plant, those researchers found that the energy generated subsequently from the fuel was significantly higher than the energy used to produce it, leading them to conclude it could be an easily commercialized and sustainable source of power.

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