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Author: b1ueshift
Time: 04/23/05 01:56 PST
This is a reply to message no. 15864 by booster
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Feasibility question
There's no reason why you can't burn leaves to generate electricity, but at this time, fossil fuel is usually the cheapest energy available.  Burning organic material also produces smoke unless you have a very high temperature, oxygen rich furnace, which is more expensive than a low temperature furnace.

There are a few exceptions, like the sugar industry in Australia where the mills burn used sugar cane (after it's had its sugar removed) to generate power rather than dump it or bio-digest it.

I think a bio-digester would be more feasible for leaves, this would reduce the volume of waste to be dumped in landfill and reduce transportation costs.
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