Hawaii turns fishing nets into energy

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HONOLULU, HI – What do a steel company and fisherman have in common? Not much. But in Hawaii, they’re working together and getting all caught up in fishing nets.

The nets and lots of other trash make their way into Hawaii’s waters. Not only is it dangerous for wildlife, but it also causes a major headache for fishermen, too. So they’re gathering them up, putting them into bins and giving them to steel company. That company then takes all the trash and nets from and burns them. The heat from the combustion process boils water and when the water boils it makes steam. The steam drives a turbine, which generates electricity.

It’s a truly green way to untangle a messy situation.