© 2019 Lyno Sullivan
“There is an island of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean.”
Shoreline tsunami devastation produces tons of floating garbage. That’s a lot of carbon locked up in that floating island of garbage. Carbon sequestration is important. This document explores the vision behind a Carbon Sequestration Process based upon a Carbon Gasification System (CGS) that alters traditional carbon flow systems.
Up until now plastic recycling has been a challenge. Every day approximately 1,369 tons of Styrofoam is buried in U.S. landfills. That’s upwards of a million cubic feet per day.
The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2015 was 262.4 million tons (U.S. short tons, unless specified), or about 4.48 pounds per person daily. This is an increase from the 259 million tons generated in 2014 and the 208.3 million tons in 1990. There is a lot of carbon in all that garbage. Much of it is accessible through a carbon gasification system.
[CGS Carbon Sequestration Process]
Methane can be used to produce gas fuel, liquid fuel, plastic, and with the addition of nitrogen, fertilizer can be produced. The plastic can be formed into shaped plastic bricks usable for construction purposes. CGS ash based cement along with plastic bricks and glue can be used as construction materials for housing. Bricks formed in this process can be shaped into plastic interlocking bricks. This may be the best sequestration method yet devised.
What can be done to clean up an island of floating garbage? We might use a trawler with a crane on board that hoists the garbage onto a carbon gasification system (CGS) equipped ship. The resultant fuel produced by the process can then be used in the propulsion of the ships and electrical generation engines using DME.
“Convert islands of floating garbage into islands of affordable housing. Lots of sun for gardens to feed the residents. Sun for electricity.”
Floating island hotels can be built from carbon fiber reinforced plastic hulls which, with enough ballast, could float through a typhoon. Hotel guests will pay well for accommodations on such a large floating island. The workers living on the island can earn a good living, selling to tourists from their kitchen, native gift shop, spa, etc., limited only by their imagination with visions of a “life well lived”.
[Carbon Sequestration #2 Vision LLS]
This post contains an ‘Elon Musk @elonmusk class’ vision for his consideration for the prize for the best Carbon Sequestration solution on earth.