Blue Tower Energy for years has been working outside the box. The company is in the process of developing and demonstrating methods in Germany and the U. S. to turn waste into hydrogen and supply power to local residents.
In Germany, the plan is to collect roadside grass clippings along the Ruhr region and process this into hydrogen and enough electricity to power 12,000 homes. Approximately 13 megawatts of electricity will be generated with this method.
Besides grass the Blue Tower can also take advantage of other feedstock for its process including olive stones, roadside green cuttings, garden waste, or even chicken manure. This organic material is turned into “blue gas” inside their iconic, roadside 120-ft blue towers.
And, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Blue Tower Energy is building its first U. S. waste to energy processing station. Organic materials sans glass, rocks or other inert substances will be used to produce hydrogen and other gas that can be used in vehicles and appliances plus provide electricity.
Organic waste is decomposed through Pyrolysis, then heated and the elements separated. Some of the chemical substances created through this process include hydrogen rich gas, pure hydrogen, ethanol or ammonia.
The blue tower only takes up around 20 square yards of space at the base, can process 50,000 tons of organic waste per year and will pay for itself in 5 years. The idea is to use the blue tower CHP (combined heat and power) plants as an alternative to trucking municipal waste to the landfill area.
According to Blue Tower Energy, this is an extremely low emissions method of processing waste, emitting less than a small car. A process such as this could address several key alternative energy solutions at once.
First, it could create hydrogen locally as fuel for cars. Second, it would be a method to produce electricity locally and with few emissions, relieving the fossil fuel fired grid of much of its duty. Third it would be a method of dealing with municipal waste.
There are so many benefits to this process with so few downsides that progress of Blue Tower Energy will be one company to watch going forward.