This process extracts ethanol through a fermentation process, and takes less than 24 hours to complete, producing ethanol (95%) and compost. Many different plant species were tested during the experimental phase, and yields of between 40% and 80% for ethanol and between 60% and 70% for compost were recorded. This ground-breaking achievement was developed by Morangaphanda
Furthermore, feedstock for the process is plentiful and easily accessible! Municipalities are currently investigating ways to divert waste from landfill sites due to capacity problems, and currently have to incur costly tipper fees for waste removal. The significance of this
The ethanol yield per ton of green waste is 500 litres. Ethanol is widely traded in the world, and is in demand at refineries for blending with fuel (E15 contains 15% ethanol), and other users include the pharmaceutical and food industries. A targeted 8% ethanol blend to petrol by the DME will increase the demand in South Africa. The international market has also increased the targeted blend. Currently the global production is 36 billion litres. This is projected to increase to 210 billion litres by 2030.
The flammable ethanol-gel is a safer substitute for paraffin, and is also coloured to prevent accidental swallowing of the product by children. It provides more cost-effective energy solutions to the underdeveloped portion of the community.
The compost generated from the plant material is free of weeds and is an excellent source of food for plants. Compost is a well traded commodity and various blends of chemicals can be added to produce fertiliser, which can be used by the council and the public. Incentives to separate garden refuse from municipal solid waste (MSW) could be introduced, for example, a free bag of compost for every ton of garden refuse delivered. It can be also be utilised to grow more feedstock, making the entire process completely renewable.
Due to the constant and economical production cost of this process, I predict that it will take the world by storm! Besides the pressure of using food crops to produce ethanol while people are starving, existing
Other current renewable energy projects by Moratech include the CO2 to Methanol project. With the threat of global warming looming over us, we need to use
I believe in promoting innovative products and services which provide sustainability and good value for money, and this is definitely one of them. Bravo Moratech!