Last week, the US Department of Energy announced the selection of 35 projects nationwide awarded a grant totaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development. Among the companies selected is an environmentally friendly start-up in the Salt Lake Valley called OxEon.
What if there was a way to turn trash into treasure or even take something deemed unusable and give it new purpose? Well, sewage sludge—yes, a product of what goes down your toilet and drain—is getting a new start as fuel. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Utah-based Genifuel Corporation have developed a simple, yet powerful approach for generating fuel from waste using a technology known as hydrothermal processing.