Cocoa power project gets green light
A trial by chocolate maker Lindt USA to supply cocoa bean shells to a fuel burning facility to produce ‘green’ power is now being implemented officially following approval by the state environmental authorities.

Last month, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services green lighted the project to give it a more permanent footing, and it involves Lindt shipping about 15 tonnes a month of shells to the Schiller Station power plant in Portsmouth.

The confectioner and the electricity utility initiated a pilot programme in March 2009 to trial the use of cocoa bean shells in fuel and see if the chocolate making by-product and coal could actually be combined.

A test burn of cocoa shells “which are designated by the state of New Hampshire as a biomass fuel” demonstrated that a 30:1 blend of coal and cocoa shells can be successfully integrated in one of the power plant’s two existing coal boilers.

The Lindt plant in Stratham now incorporates the chocolate production process, with construction on its expanded facility completed last month.


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