Western Energy Alliance and Denver Zoo partner to promote novel gasification technology
DENVER – The partnership is supporting the zoo’s development of a biomass gasification system that converts human trash and animal waste into clean energy.
This technology will create a highly efficient power system at Denver Zoo using natural gas and synthetic gas to start and run a new, patent-pending gasification energy system. To celebrate this partnership and raise awareness about the project, Western Energy Alliance and Denver Zoo hosted a media-only preview yesterday at a redesigned
lobby exhibit in the ground floor atrium at 1700 Broadway
“This lobby exhibit visually showcases the many diverse uses clean-burning natural gas offers,” said Tom Sheffield, Vice President, Western Division, Pioneer Natural Resources Company and Chair of Western Energy Alliance’s Board of Directors.
“The story of this ground-breaking gasification technology and using Denver Zoo’s gasification prototype, a converted Tuk Tuk (motorized rickshaw) from Thailand, is a great way to show the public that natural gas can solve both economic and environmental challenges simultaneously.”
Denver Zoo is very grateful for the financial support and encouragement that Western Energy Alliance and its members are providing us. Western Energy Alliance has been generous to provide this space so we can tell our story of creating clean energy solutions together,” said Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
Austin and Blake’s Tuk Tuk, sponsored by the Autrey Foundation, was created to test the poop-to-power gasification technology planned for use in Denver Zoo’s new 10-acre exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage. This unique technology developed by three full-time Denver Zoo staff, is under provisional patent protection and will be the first to utilize a diverse on-site waste stream, a breakthrough that could change how the world manages waste and creates energy.