03 Jan '12, 6pm

Drink More Coffee, Solve the Energy Crisis?

Drink More Coffee, Solve the Energy Crisis?

Through the University of North Dakota's gasification system, coffee residue could be used to heat homes, fuel cars and even produce biofuel. Photo: Flickr/chichacha If you thought your cup of coffee was only good for giving you a burst of energy, think again. Researchers at the University of North Dakota are developing a process to convert waste from coffee processing plants – from the grains to the packaging – into green energy, according to recent news reports. The university’s Energy & Environmental Research Center is working with Vermont-based bioenergy firm Wynntryst LLC and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to develop a gasification power system powered by coffee residue, plastic packaging, textiles and Keurig single-serve plastic cups – a Green Mountain product, reports EcoSeed . Through an advanced fixed-bed gasifier system, EERC and its partners will attempt to turn...

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