Denver Zoo Goes Green with Gasification

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The Denver Zoo is getting green! In the new Asian Exhibit, a part of it will be powered by gasification.

 

The Denver Zoo is getting green! In the new Asian Exhibit, a part of it will be powered by gasification.

 

Paul Quick, a Special Projects Manager, and Mike Dunbar, a Planning Intern, know all about gasification. They give lots of information about gasification.

 

Gasification is the process of making trash into electricity. It started very long ago. Wood chips are often used, but the zoo is using animal waste and most trash, with a little bit of wood.

 

Syngas is what is made from the gasifier. Animal waste and trash will be the two main elements in gasification. Wood chips are used in the gasifier also. The gasifier heats these things up to turn them into gas .It takes two hours for the gasifier to get hot enough to create energy using the animal waste, trash, and wood chips. After that it can just go and go, until the gasifier needs to be cleaned.

 

Parts of pools for the elephants and a few buildings will be heated and lit because of gasification.  Specifically, ten percent of the Asian Exhibit, which will be finished around the Spring of 2012. The zoo decided to use gasification because the zoo wanted to give to Asian Tropics. Also gasification is a green way to make energy that doesn't take up too much room, which means more room for the animals. Gasification is a very clean way to power Asian Tropics.

 

"We're taking responsibility for the waste we're creating and the waste our guests are creating," is how Paul explained it. Gasification will be a great thing for the zoo in 2012. Paul says, "When we get this up and running, a lot of people and other zoos . . . will look at this and say, 'That's' the future.'"