Ladakh is called the ‘Roof of the world’. Partly because of its height and partly because roofs are littered more often. Tourists visit, enjoy their time and liter Ladakh without even thinking a bit. Soon, the trash would be incinerated by Tesla’s BlackHOLE.
The innovative and green waste disposal technology from the Tesla will form the backbone of a waste disposal system. The technology runs on plasma heat decomposition technology to turn waste into ash.
The waste is collected in the chamber. Air is blown into the chamber through plasma. This turns waste into ceramic ash. This ash is in the ratio 1/300 to 1/400 of the initial garbage volume.
This technology doesn’t require any electricity or oil/gas fuel. It solely runs on Plasma heat technology. After incineration, no emission of toxins or landfill problem occurs. This is a huge factor as most of the incinerators suffers from this problem of emission.
Tourists in Ladakh
Tourist’s graph in Ladakh is monotonous. Number of tourists per year keeps increasing. Tourist arrivals have risen from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to 2.8 lakh last year. It is expected to further swell and to touch 3 lakh by the time the season ends around October. The spike in tourist inflow is generating some 15-16 tonne of trash daily. The trash is concentrated mainly in a narrow arc covering the popular tourist haunts of Nubra valley in north-west Ladakh and Pangong-Tso and Tso-Moriri lakes in the east.
The local lifestyle doesn’t generate much waste. It is the trash from tourism, mostly non-biodegradable, which weighs on Ladakh’s environment. There’s a 20-year backlog,” says Leh deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa.
We have placed orders with Bengaluru-based Tesla Energy (an arm of US-based Tesla Green) for a plant with a daily capacity of one tonne and expect it in 2-3 months,” Lavasa said. “All of us have put our heads together. The BRO (Border Roads Organisation) has assured to buy the ash for building roads.”
Finally, the screaming ecology of Ladakh is relieved of some pain.