THE COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
IN THE RACE FOR CHEESIEST ENERGY THINK TANK :
Savoy, a region in the French Alps, is famous for its food — namely its cheeses, some of which have been made in the area since the 13th century... now, according to the Independent, one Alpine power station is using the region’s famous cheese in an unexpected way — to generate enough electricity to supply power for a community of 1,500 people.
Technically, the power station — located in Albertville in the southeastern part of France — uses whey... often considered a waste product by cheese makers.
When bacteria is added to whey, however, they begin to digest the sugars. That, in turn, produces methane, a biogas that can be captured and used as fuel... to produce an estimated 3,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
A trifling exercise in dimensional analysis suggests this should make make fondue carbon -neutral for years to come .