menu

Eco-City In Turkey Burns Pistachio Shells For Biogas

Eco-City In Turkey Burns Pistachio Shells For Biogas
Cities

Up to 60 percent of the city's heat could be provided by leftover nuts.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 23 april 2014

As society becomes more aware and conscious of our environments, it only makes sense that more countries are developing eco-cities. Eco-cities usually have the goal of stimulating economic growth, improving health and city efficiency, and reducing carbon waste. In addition, employing renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, and biogas are important. In alignment with those goals, Turkey is planning to build an eco-city within major industrial hub Gaziantep, but completely unique to eco-cities is Turkey’s idea of using pistachio shells to provide the city’s heat.

One aspect of a successful eco-city is that it makes use of the resources it has, and Gaziantep has a lot of pistachios. The region has been known to produce as much as 60,000 metric tons of pistachios a year, and only 4,000 tons of that is exported. This naturally leads to a large amount of pistachio shell waste, which officials are now proposing be burned for biogas, which would then be used for heat.

pistachios.jpg

The idea was first suggested by Burgeap, a French environmental engineering company. They believe the areas pistachio shells are the most practical source of energy, and have the potential to provide up to 60 percent of the city’s heating needs.

If all goes according to plan, the eco-city will be upward of 7,900 acres and will house 200,000 people. If the pistachio proposal is accepted, the city will not only be joining in the trend of turning food waste into energy, but will have a local and abundant energy source, sure to sustain people for years to come.

[h/t] Gizmodo

Cities
Trending

How Indiegogo Is Becoming An Adult Product Destination

Retail
Financial Services Today

Device Makes Digital Currency Feel Tangible

The concept gadget wants you to experience the highs and lows of spending money

Advertising Today

Lyft Gives Free Rides To Those Who Have Had Too Much To Drink

Thanks to a new partnership between the ride sharing service and Budweiser, drunk passengers are able to receive free rides

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Innovation Debrief: Boston

See All
Augmented / Virtual Reality Today

NBC Is Planning To Stream The Presidential Debates In Virtual Reality

Partnering with AltspaceVR, the broadcaster offers another way for Americans to engage with the election season

Related Expert

Stacy Marie Ishmael

Media, Finance, Technology

Home september 23, 2016

Watch This Fire Pit Dance Along To Your Favorite Song

Music City Fire is a system that is designed to flicker in time to ambient music

Automotive september 23, 2016

Slick GPS Navigator Gives Directions To Moped Riders

This small, round device attaches to a sideview mirror to display maps for safer traveling

Home september 23, 2016

A Clock That Beautifully Manages Your Information Overload

The wall-mounted timekeeper is made to help people maintain focus and stay up to date with their appointments

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Today

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs september 22, 2016

The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

Arts & Culture september 23, 2016

Performance Piece Blends Dancers Into Folds Of Light

The work provides commentary on the increasing connection between programmed and analog dimensions

Design & Architecture september 23, 2016

Design Firm Adapts Childhood Homes For Unemployed Young Adults

The studio has unveiled three prototypes of transformed living spaces for people forced to move back in with their families

Health september 23, 2016

These Chocolate Squares Claim To Reverse The Aging Process

A group of researchers from Cambridge University have developed a candy bar that promises to give you a youthful glow

Cities september 23, 2016

Food-Producing Architecture Competition Seeks To Better Feed Cities

A design challenge in Copenhagen highlights the need and beauty of urban farming

Health september 23, 2016

Wearable Monitors Sun Exposure To Prevent Sunburn

The clip monitors UV rays to make sure you're not receiving too much sunlight

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Op-Ed september 23, 2016

Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday

Stephan Aarstol, Founder of Tower Paddle Boards, explains why the modern notion of office hours needs to evolve

Culture september 23, 2016

This Exhibition’s Crowning Jewel Is An 18k Gold-Plated Toilet

The piece, titled 'America,' is meant to raise questions about the country's wealth inequality

Culture september 23, 2016

Match Up With Dates On Tinder Based On Your Music Preferences

A new partnership with Spotify lets people pair up based on shared tastes in artists

No search results found.