South Korea to turn pig waste to electricity

SEOUL - South Korea has fired up a power plant that turns animal waste into electricity as a part of Seoul's plan to develop eco-friendly, reusable energy, the government said on Wednesday.
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South Korea's energy ministry said European countries have been successfully generating power from farm-animal excrement.

The plant is capable of burning about 20 tons of animal excrement a day generated by some 2,500 pigs to produce 30 kilowatts (kW) of electricity, which is enough to power about 100 households.

The energy ministry said it will cap any harmful emissions from the plant located southeast of Seoul that will serve as a model to generate power from the 51 million tons of animal waste produced in the country every year.

On a national level, South Korea could eventually create the energy equivalent of 360,000 tons of oil a year from using animal waste, the ministry said.


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