Green Machine

The City of Naperville is leading the world in green fuel production.

At a recent ribbon cutting representatives from the city, the U.S. Department of Energy, Packer Engineering, and Argonne National Laboratory unveiled the Green Fuel Depot.

“The project brought together a team of players who are all passionate about making our community better, making it a place where our kids, our grandkids and their kids will be able to enjoy a cleaner environment and stretch more out of all the energy sources that are available in this country,” said Robert Fielser, Councilman for the City of Naperville

The depot features a “gasifier” which heat two tons of yard and brush waste a day and convert it into gas. The gas will then be processed and can produce three kinds of fuels, electricity, hydrogen, and ethanol.

The electricity produced by the gasifier will go back into the city’s smart grid or can be used to power electric cars. It can produce up to 60 kilowatts of electricity, which is enough to light up 15 homes. The ethanol will be used to operate fuel vehicles.

The project was mostly funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through U.S. Representative Judy Biggert, but is owned by Packer Engineering.

A final inspection on the gasifier will be conducted on December 14th before activated.

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