A while back, we wrote about a power plant in England that was powered by mashed potatoes. Now, there’s a power station in France that’s actually powered by CHEESE. An Albertville plant is using a gruyere-like cheese to produce electricity, Telegraph reports.
Ten years ago, a Canadian renewable-energy company designed the first-ever prototype that converted cheese to energy. Fast forward a decade later and the newest model of Valbio has the capacity to produce 2.8 million kilowatt hours per year.
When making Beaufort, the cheese famous to that region, Whey is created as a byproduct of that process. The Whey is what becomes the fuel for the plant. Specifically, the liquid that comes from straining out the cheese is thrown into a tank with bacteria to create a fermentation process. That process creates methane that heats water to produce hydroelectricity.
Man, we can definitely get on board with using foods to generate clean energy.
The plant powers an entire community of 1,500 people.