Military Tests Waste to Energy System

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The United States military is the first to try out a new system of turning waste into usable energy. 

The United States military is the first to try out a new system of turning waste into usable energy.
The Defense Department is the single biggest consumer of energy in the US, spending a reported 15 billion dollars a year on fuel alone, so now they are exploring the use of alternative energy.

The FastOx Pathfinder fuel generator will be powering Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California, and next year it will be used to provide fuel for vehicles and generators.

Sierra Energy, the company behind the FastOx Pathfinder energy system has received 3 million dollars from the Defense Department, becoming the first technology bought by the military that turns waste into energy.

According to the Sierra Energy website: “The FastOx Pathfinder is a compact and simply designed waste gasification system that converts nearly any form of waste into renewable products. The initial FastOx Pathfinder model will produce renewable electricity, later models are expected to produce renewable diesel, ethanol, or hydrogen.”

The California Energy Commission also subsidized the cost of the FastOx to the tune of 5 million dollars.

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