Rockies: Denver Zoo

A Walk on the Wild Side

The Denver Zoo is wild about conservation efforts.

In an effort to become a zero-waste facility by 2025, the zoo has implemented a patent-pending technology behind its biomass gasification system. The thermo-chemical system converts 90 percent of the zoo’s human trash and animal waste into a combustible gaseous component called synthetic gas (syngas). The syngas is then used to power zoo generators, a repurposed motorized rickshaw from Thailand, and 2012’s new 46,000-square-foot Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit.

Pioneer believes this biomass gasification system, which can supply as much usable energy as 2,500 solar panels, is a beneficial way to show the public how natural gas can solve both economic and environmental challenges. Committed to promoting this groundbreaking technology, Pioneer has partnered with the Denver Zoo pledging a substantial financial contribution over three years.

By embracing this technology, the Denver Zoo and Pioneer are making an effort to provide a cleaner, greener environment for all community members, animal and human alike.

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