by Isabelle Z., Natural News:
Converting organic waste into fuel could solve a lot of the problems that are facing our planet at the moment, from freeing up significant landfill space to finding new ways to heat homes and power vehicles. Despite the great potential, several stumbling blocks have prevented such an approach from being used on a widespread basis. One of the biggest challenges has been the fact that the existing chemical processes need far more energy than the amount typically provided by local sources of renewable energy. The ability to decentralize this process would therefore be revolutionary – and now scientists are one step closer to finding a viable way of doing this.
At the Technical University of Munich, researchers have discovered that zeolite crystals can reduce the energy and temperature requirements for converting organic waste into fuel dramatically. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.