North Korea to generate power from rice husks

North Korea has designed a power plant to generate electricity from rice husk, according to the Pyongyang Sinmun newspaper.
The newspaper said the scientists of the Heat Technology Research Institute, at the behest of North Korean premier Kim Jong Il, have designed a gas generating system that is fit for fuel qualities of rice husk, which the country has in abundance.
It comprises a gas generating furnace, cooling and filtration systems, and other "simple devices" to produce electricity. Flammable gas is produced due to thermal processing of husk and is then fired to rotate a turbine.
The facility burns 100 kilograms of husk in an hour and can produce 50 kW of electricity. Experts believe the invention is of major significance for North Korea that experiences a sharp shortage of electricity.
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