Ocean Plastics to Energy
One guy's trash is another girl's treasure. Working towards a zero-waste, sustainable solution for the world's 5.5 billion tons of existing plastic waste, this project will collect ocean plastics and convert them into a renewable energy source for use at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) in coastal communities and island nations.
There has been much attention towards ocean plastics cleanups and, more recently, land-based efforts to reduce plastic waste reaching the ocean. There are even new contests to redesign plastic packaging to reduce future production. Yet, no solution currently exists to effectively manage the existing 5.5 billion tons of plastic waste polluting our waterways and oceans without further contributing to landfills, energy consumption for recycling processes, or additional global GHG emissions.
Global Water Girls is initiating a project to streamline the collection, delivery, and sustainable repurposing of ocean plastics. Using advanced gasification technology, we will take this plastic waste and turn it into a feedstock for energy production during the wastewater treatment process. This will address existing plastics pollution; reduce the water sector's reliance on fossil fuels by pushing treatment plants towards net-zero, onsite energy; and increase resilience in coastal communities worldwide.
This collaborative project involves key partners in the public and private sector.
To learn more about this pilot project and technology development, please contact us.
"Renewable energy innovation is critical to achieve energy security, a major goal for the public service sector.
Wastewater utilities are receptive, even seeking, approaches to produce energy onsite and build resiliency."
~ Lauren Fillmore, Technical Advisor