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This Power Plant Found A Way To Create Electricity From CHEESE

Cheese-Power

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.

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This Factory Discovered A Way To Harness The Power of MASHED POTATOES

Mashed-Potato-Power

When we were kids, we thought one of the coolest science projects was powering a light bulb with nothing more than a potato. Since those science fairs, technology has advanced astronomically. We’ve come a long way from a simple light bulb as there is now an entire factory that’s powered by mashed potatoes.

England’s third-largest food company, 2 Sisters Food Group, uses leftover potato parts to power their plants. Potato fuel also includes peelings and mashed potato-based shepherd’s pies, reports The Guardian.

The potatoes are fed into a giant digestion plant that creates energy. Together, the discarded potato pieces are expected to generate 3,500 megawatt hours a year of electricity. That’s enough to power about 850 homes.

By using this method of energy production, 2 Sisters’ landfill output will drop to zero and its carbon emissions are reduced by a fifth. The company even plans to build ten more of these bio-refinery plants by the 2018. Four of which will focus on generating energy from chicken remains.