Dad power turns waste into fuel

The Week - Junior - - Science And Technology -

One dad’s tin­ker­ing could save the planet. A 48-year-old fa­ther of two be­lieves he has found a so­lu­tion to help re­duce waste while also saving en­ergy. Nik Spencer has built an in­cin­er­a­tor, which burns house­hold rub­bish. Any­thing can go into Spencer’s magic ma­chine, in­clud­ing used nap­pies, plas­tic pack­ag­ing, old socks and grass cut­tings. The in­cin­er­a­tor turns the waste into fuel, which it then burns to heat wa­ter and his home. Af­ter an eight-hour cy­cle, the ash that re­mains can be safely washed down the drain. Spencer cal­cu­lated that huge amounts of car­bon could be saved if waste ma­te­rial was burnt us­ing his £12,000 ma­chine, rather than trans­fer­ring it to larger sites.

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