Tyre-burning power station, Westley, California

Tyre-burning power station, Westley, California

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Caption: Mountain of used tyres at a prototype tyre- burning power station in Westley, California. The tyres are used as fuel to run an electricity generator. It is estimated that one tyre can serve the energy needs of the average northern California household for a day. The mountain contains around 40 million tyres & the plant is expected to burn some 4 million tyres annually. Several environmental protection systems reduce emissions from the plant; a smog-control system neutralises nitrous oxides, a "scrubber" system removes sulphur & a "giant vacuum cleaner" removes fly ash. Both the sulphur & the zinc-containing fly ash are recycled.

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Keywords: energy, industry, power station, tyre-burning, tyre-burning power station

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