A little over a year ago, I blogged about the thermal depoloymerization process that turns any carbon based refuse into oil. Well, the first plant using that process is online, according to this press release. It’s only doing between 100 and 200 barrels of day, but that’s all material that would have entered the waste processing system and will now be serving as energy. I think this direction has enormous potential and provokes an extreme feeling of optimism in me. What I’d like to see is that when it runs at its peek output of 500 barrels, what is the time required to recoup the bulding of the plant itself? I’m dreaming of a future where every trash dump and waste treatment system runs through this, changing our energy system from extraction based to recovery based. It could be an energotopia.