Since I was a child, I am very fascinated with different sources of power and energy. I would take apart my toys, remove the dynamo, attach a bulb to the terminals, attach a makeshift water wheel on the shaft, run the contraption under a tap water and presto! I have my mini-hydroelectric turbine! Powering up a single flashlight bulb! I could make a windmill with the same principle. Replacing the waterwheel with a propeller and I would run around the house like crazy to gain wind just to light up my power generating windmill. I have also experimented with lemon batteries… I have also gathered up blasted solar calculators and connected in series their solar panels. My own solar power generator! Anyway its all science project stuff.
As I went on with life. Pursuing what I love, I studied about thermodynamics, power plants and the like. Maybe some will pick up what I studied back in college. Anyway again, back to my point, our world not only our dear Philippines is in constant clamor about rising energy cost. Diesel and gasoline increase in price weekly. Cost of manufacturing basic goods increase due to increase cost of power input. Cost of transporting people and basic goods again increase.
But I propose a solution. I will lay down my series of ideas or process for you to scrutinize it or to perfect my thoughts.
1.) Revisit the Clean Air Act. You see, can the Philippines really afford its own Clean Air Act at the moment or at the near foreseeable future? Do we have this law just for international approval and continue not implementing it properly since we really cannot afford it? Think about Jeepneys…. these are surplus engines. If you really implement clean air act. these jeepneys really don’t stand a chance. Thus, the Jeepneys have their way of controlling emission during test. Instead, we look into this make it a bit more realistic for our country. Loosen it up a bit.
2.) Once the above is in place, we put up a Real Recycling Facility for our Garbage. Not a landfill where we let the scavengers swarm all over the place. A Real Recycling Facility where recyclables are sorted from useless junk using conveyors and employing these scavengers as sorters. From how the prices of plastics, tin, aluminum and other recyclables are going, probably this facility will be self sufficient.
3.) Put up an Incinerator Power Plant! Utilizing the useless garbage as fuel for power generation, we can solve part of the energy problem and at the same time relieving the tons of garbage that are plaguing our metro cities.
Emissions will not be a problem as there are means of controlling controlling the harmful emissions using a variety of techniques. Cyclone cleaners, Dust collectors, water scrubbers…. Etc…
Greenhouse gas emission? Well, first, the power plants that we get our power at the moment use coal, diesel or bunker oil for fuel. These do produce greenhouse gas as well. What is then the difference? In fact, it would be worst as petroleum based fuels are carbon deposits that are stored below our atmosphere. Using these fuels will just release them in our atmosphere. Using garbage, well, a percentage of it will be plastics which is also a product of petroleum refinery but most of it will be organic waste whose sources are from the surface of the earth. Thus, the carbon emission will be significantly lower. Our overall carbon footprint will be smaller.
Don’t let the landfill fool you. Dumping garbage on a landfill will only delay decomposition. Decomposition by organic agents such as bacteria’s also emit carbon. Aren’t bacteria’s living organisms as well that breath? The net effect for carbon emission will be the same as burning the garbage. The only difference is that decomposition is faster using an incinerator.
Well now, we have solved 3 problems in one go.
1.) Employment for our beloved Filipinos for the recycling facility and the incineration power plant.
2.) Solved the Mountain of garbage in our hundreds of Payatas around our beautiful country The Philippines.
3.) Generated additional power to fuel our economy.