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Burning fossil fuels has long been the practice for satisfying our energy needs. And we’re paying the price. Fossil fuels has exacted an enormous toll on the world, creating tremendous amounts of air and water pollution. Due to its high carbon content, fossil fuels contribute to global warming and encourages environmental destruction.

 

A Potential Solution?

 

A McGill-led research points to metal powders as a potential long-term replacement for fossil fuels. According to a 2015 study from the journal Applied Energy, metal powders could provide a more viable solution than other widely discussed alternatives such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries. McGill University professor, Jeffrey Bergthorson and lead author of this study, states:

“Technologies to generate clean electricity – primarily solar and wind power – are being developed rapidly; but we can’t use that electricity for many of the things that oil and gas are used for today, such as transportation and global energy trade.”

Although biofuels can be part of the solution, it won’t be able to satisfy all the demands. Hydrogen, for example, requires large and heavy fuel tanks and is dangerously explosive, while batteries are too bulky and do not have enough energy-storing capabilities to be used in many applications.

However, Bergthorson stated that “using metal powders as recyclable fuels that store clean primary energy for later use is a very promising alternative solution.”

The journal, co-authored by Bergthorson with five other McGill researchers and a European Space Agency scientist in the Netherlands, details the concept of using fine metal particles to power external combustion engines. Unlike the internal-combustion engines (gasoline-powered cars), external-combustion engines use heat from an outside source to create usable energy. Burning metal fuels, which react with air to form stable metals, have the potential to create non-toxic solid-oxide products that can be collected easily for recycling. Technically feasible, further laboratory work and prototype-building is now the next step.

Metal-fueled heat engines are predicted to be close to current fossil-fueled engines in terms of energy and power densities. With its low-carbon emissions and zero CO2 potential, researchers at McGill and the European Space Agency continue developing metal recycling processes that will help us shift away from fossil fuels.

 

Metal As A Clean Fuel

Burning fossil fuels has long been the practice for satisfying our energy needs. And we’re paying the price. Fossil fuels has exacted an enormous toll on the world, creating tremendous amounts of air and water pollution. Due to its high carbon content, fossil fuels contribute to global warming and encourages environmental destruction.

 

A Potential Solution?

 

A McGill-led research points to metal powders as a potential long-term replacement for fossil fuels. According to a 2015 study from the journal Applied Energy, metal powders could provide a more viable solution than other widely discussed alternatives such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries. McGill University professor, Jeffrey Bergthorson and lead author of this study, states:

“Technologies to generate clean electricity – primarily solar and wind power – are being developed rapidly; but we can’t use that electricity for many of the things that oil and gas are used for today, such as transportation and global energy trade.”

Although biofuels can be part of the solution, it won’t be able to satisfy all the demands. Hydrogen, for example, requires large and heavy fuel tanks and is dangerously explosive, while batteries are too bulky and do not have enough energy-storing capabilities to be used in many applications.

However, Bergthorson stated that “using metal powders as recyclable fuels that store clean primary energy for later use is a very promising alternative solution.”

The journal, co-authored by Bergthorson with five other McGill researchers and a European Space Agency scientist in the Netherlands, details the concept of using fine metal particles to power external combustion engines. Unlike the internal-combustion engines (gasoline-powered cars), external-combustion engines use heat from an outside source to create usable energy. Burning metal fuels, which react with air to form stable metals, have the potential to create non-toxic solid-oxide products that can be collected easily for recycling. Technically feasible, further laboratory work and prototype-building is now the next step.

Metal-fueled heat engines are predicted to be close to current fossil-fueled engines in terms of energy and power densities. With its low-carbon emissions and zero CO2 potential, researchers at McGill and the European Space Agency continue developing metal recycling processes that will help us shift away from fossil fuels.

 

A Second Chance for Recyclable Waste: Landfill Mining

Landfills are commonly cast in a negative light. When you think of landfills, your mind likely journeys from thoughts of long-term methane emissions to air and groundwater pollution to restrictions on urban development. The list of negative qualities is certainly obvious. Worldwide, the generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) has been steadily increasing and landfills remain the dominant means for managing solid waste. To make matters worse, The World Bank has reported that global waste is predicted to triple by 2100.

Because of improper diversion of recycled materials, landfills continue to receive significant quantities of recyclable materials, especially metals. While recycling plastics and metals properly certainly makes a vital contribution towards minimizing landfill growth, there is a recent endeavour to reuse waste materials found in landfills. Landfill mining has reconceptualized our take on landfills. As opposed to harmful burdens, countries worldwide are now seeing the potential of these vast quantities as an enormous new resource. Since the economic value of landfilled metals is significant, it has fostered a global interest in recovering the landfilled metals through mining.

Landfills are now being viewed as an enormous untapped resource for many metals. Valuable recyclable materials formerly treated as waste are now being mined from landfills, providing a second chance at proper recycling. With such vast quantities taking up space in our landfills, this material now has the potential to provide a replenished supply for declining supplies of metals, which are commonly found in electronic products.

The Landfill Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a summary of the potential benefits of landfill reclamation. In addition to providing an additional resource for many metals and other reusable materials, landfill mining frees up valuable space and alleviates local pollution concerns related to landfills. The mining process extends the life of the landfill facilities by removing large amounts of recoverable materials. Recovering materials such as ferrous metals, aluminum and plastic is also an economic benefit since the market for such materials is ongoing. While we all know the benefits that are associated with proper recycling processes, the truth of the matter is that an enormous quantity of recycled materials actually end up in landfills. According to the National Geographic, a shocking 79% of recycled plastics are accumulating in landfills. With statistics like these, maybe landfill mining is the solution we’ve been waiting for.

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Deal With Your Scrap Metal in The Most Responsible Way

Nowadays, more than ever before, we understand our joint responsibility for the planet we call home. In the past, we might have been a little uncaring, perhaps assuming that the worst would never happen, but now we have firm evidence that the worst will come our way if we don’t act fast.

The things we do in the present day have a firm and very direct impact on the planet which are children and our children’s children will call home. With that in mind, dealing with your scrap metal in the most responsible of ways is a small but very weighty step you can take towards ensuring that you’re doing your bit for the planet.

Surely Scrap is Just Scrap?

Surely a piece of scrap metal in Toronto is just that – scrap, right? Yes, it’s scrap, but throwing it away however you please means you’re placing the environment in grave danger. Certain types of materials are not biodegradable, and don’t break down in a swift or healthy way. They can leave residue which finds its way into the rivers and lakes, penetrating down into the soil and affecting the way trees grow and the food which certain animals eat.

Put simply, throwing your scrap metal away in a haphazard way means you’re not taking your environmental responsibility at all seriously. The good news is that there is another option.

Here at Manville Recycling, we more than understand your predicament. You want rid of this piece of metal, but it’s too big to just store somewhere in the garage, and you’re not at all sure where else to put it. The answer? Let us take it away for you and we’ll recycle in the best way, according to the type of metal that it is.

You see, not all materials can be recycled correctly and some need to be analyzed, with a plan put into place. We can do that, taking the whole problem off your hands. That means you don’t have to worry whether or not you’ve disposed of scrap metal correctly or not and your conscious in terms of the environment is completely clean.

All you need to do is give us a call when you have scrap metal in Toronto you want to recycle and we’ll come and collect it from you. Then, we’ll analyze it, come to the best conclusion on how to recycle it, and we’ll do what we need to do in order to protect the planet and get the job done at the same time.

Give us a call today!

 

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