A lot of the food that we purchase goes to waste without being used. Such as vegetables and fruits. According to a research you can now use rotten tomatoes that are unfit for use in food to make renewable energy. Yes that is right! You don’t have to dump them in the trash anymore. They get more useful when they are damaged.
According to a new research in Florida, tomatoes that are rejected by stores as too damaged to sell may have another uses such as creating electricity and becoming literal power plants. Tomatoes, like other fruits, shed electrons as they are exposed to air over time. The bacteria speeds this process.
A team from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Princeton University carried out a pilot project and presented their findings at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
The team of experts was able to generate 0.3 watts of electricity in their experiment, and believes that this concept can be scaled up; they anticipate that Florida’s annual tomato waste could be used to power Disney World for 90 days!
Huge quantities of tomatoes are produced in Florida each year, out of which 396,000 tons ends up as waste. As of now, there is no effective means of disposing of the discarded tomatoes. Using tomatoes to produce energy is a fine alternative for environmentalists. Dragging all those scraps over to the landfill is not going to be a waste anymore. Instead they can be used to create renewable energy.