Energy Jobs: The Next Source for Vehicle Fuel – Your Garbage Bin?

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The United Kingdom Is Turning Garbage into Fuel – Image from BudgetGreenLiving.com

Sure, you’ve probably heard about a new electric car powered by battery, but could you ever have imagined that your future vehicle fuel very well could be the same bottles and bread crumbs you threw away the other night?

In one country – the United Kingdom – some energy jobs simply involve turning your garbage bin trash into the treasure that will fuel the vehicle of tomorrow. The Kirkless Council in the past unveiled its first battery-powered garbage truck – a Ford Transit van that doesn’t drive too far out of the way to get its battery power. The power comes straight from the garbage it lugs around.

Once the garbage is picked up from locations throughout the town of Huddersfield in the U.K., it goes to an Energy from Waste recycling facility. While there, part of the trash is burned to produce electricity, which provides green fuel for the garbage truck. At least 10 megawatts of the power produced actually go back to the grid.

Surprisingly, the lithium-ion battery is at least a 40 kilowatt-hour device, so the truck can go for 100 miles and features a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour. All the while, it hardly makes a peep in the ears of pedestrians. This is a green technology idea that remains new and innovative to many – one that could use more trying out in many other cities that are striving to be eco-friendly.

The types of energy jobs becoming available definitely are morphing, and with a little creativity, finding new ways to fuel our vehicles and devices is becoming easier. Look at the U.K.’s new garbage-powered garbage truck as taking the long-time art of recycling to an entirely new level.

The question now is, when the garbage is being burned to create the truck’s new green energy fuel, what kinds of carbon emissions are moving to new levels in the ozone? This is one new challenge that green energy jobs proponents are tackling as making cities greener worldwide remains high on the agenda for many.

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By YaShekia King

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