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Green future: One reader says technology could solve problems caused by waste treatment
Green future: One reader says technology could solve problems caused by waste treatment
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New technology would be nirvana

I have just heard about two technology developments that if combined would offer a significant breakthrough in recycling and “green” fuel production.

The first is called the “Plasma Gasification Process” which generates sun-surface temperatures in air-tight vessels to break down any waste into its constituent elements.

The vessels are fed with domestic waste, plastics, fibreboard, medical and biological waste such as that from hospitals, farms, and abattoirs, hazardous sewage sludge, pharmaceutical waste, industrial contaminants such as arsenic and dioxins, oil, toxic gases, corrosive liquids, paint, tyres etc – anything but radio-active heavy metals. There are no smells to upset the local community and the by-products of the process are totally inert, safe and also useful.

These include a gas called “syngas”, metal ingots, marketable chemicals, road aggregate, and lots of heat to drive steam turbines and generate electricity.

Enough electrical power is generated to drive the whole plant and the spare capacity is sold off to the National Grid.

Operating costs are low because the waste requires little if any manual sorting before processing. The “syngas” that is produced is predominantly hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which is ideally suited for input to the other technology development.

The “Gasoline Fuel Reactor” is fed with carbon dioxide from the air and hydrogen from the electrolysis of water and processes them in an innovative way to create methanol or petrol.

A major current problem however is the high cost of extraction of carbon dioxide from air which makes the petrol prohibitively expensive.

Now imagine the two technologies working together in the same waste treatment plant.

The Plasma Process provides the hydrogen and carbon monoxide (easily transformed to dioxide) which then feeds the petrol generator.

So, refuse collection vehicles come in to the plant, dump their rubbish in a silo, then fill up with cheap fuel on the way out. Now that’s a public service for you. Nirvana!

Long-in-the-tooth, Fulwood

(Name and address supplied)

Looking for old church memories

May I ask if anyone has any photographs, film footage, memorabilia or anything associated with any events at St. Leonard’s Church, Penwortham or Middleforth in general?

I ask this because on the weekend of November 3 and 4, St Leonard’s C of E Church will celebrate 150 years of worship.

It was in December 1861 that worship first began in the new Chapel School built on land where Church Brook House now stands on the corner of Leyland Road and Marshall’s Brow.

In December 1901 the congregation moved into a new Iron church on the same site and in October 1970 the present church was dedicated and later consecrated. Our anniversary celebrations have been delayed until now owing to a new heating system, new lighting and re-decoration of our present church on Marshall’s Brow.

The church really does look splendid and we want to show it off to people who may not have been for some time. We have a quite a good number of photographs, but a few more would not go amiss.

The programme of events is as follows: Saturday, November 3 from 10am to 4pm Exhibition; Sunday, November 4 10am Sung Eucharist - Preacher, the Archdeacon of Blackburn, the Ven John Hawley.

Then, at 6pm, Songs of Praise

Please contact Churchwarden Philip Walsh on 07977 408791 if you can help or for further information.

Philip Walsh,

St Leonards Church

No substitute for practicing faith

I refer to DH Preston’s response to my letter regarding nativity plays. First of all, my letter concerned Roman Catholics not other denominations. Secondly, Catholics who miss Mass on Sundays and Holy Days are in a state of mortal sin and cut off from God’s grace. That is the teaching of the Holy Catholic Church. They can take part in as many nativity plays as they want and it won’t do them any good, and if they do take part in these plays what faith is it that they are displaying. I know many Catholics who have taken part in nativity plays and now no longer practice their faith.

G Marlow, via email