"We call it poop to power in five minutes." Orlando has partnered with a company to build a reactor that heats sludge to more than 700 degrees Fahrenheit and applies extremely high pressure. The water reaches a supercritical state between liquid and gas, destroys more than 99 percent of organic matter and produces heat that can easily be captured and used to power an electrical turbine.
Apparently sludge holds about as much energy as coal. The reactor leaves behind inorganic salts, clean water and liquid carbon dioxide. Orlando city officials think they can make money from the byproducts. Carbon dioxide could be sold to beverage companies, and the powdery salts are mostly phosphates that could be used by fertilizer manufacturers.
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