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Norway authorities turn up the heat on criminals. Popcorn is a popular cinema snack that everyone can enjoy. Norwegian Customs and Excise officers are now helping Oslo’s inhabitants keep warm whilst smugglers sweat. Zea mays everta (popcorn) is a type of maize with small hard kennels containing moisture which becomes steam when heated. Native Americans believed a spirit lived inside each kernel of popcorn, and that the spirit inside would become angry and burst out into the air as steam when heated.

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Norway authorities turn up the heat on criminals

Published on Thursday, 6th March, 2014 at 10:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock and M. Michael Brady   .
Last Updated on 6th March 2014 at 13:13.

Popcorn is a popular cinema snack that everyone can enjoy. Norwegian Customs and Excise officers are now helping Oslo’s inhabitants keep warm whilst smugglers sweat.

Oslo municipality's direct WtE plant
Certain types of waste are converted to energy here. Homes in the Norwegian capital are heated using this.Oslo municipality's direct WtE plant
Photo: Waste Energy Agency (EGE)


Zea mays everta (popcorn) is a type of maize with small hard kennels containing moisture which becomes steam when heated.

Native Americans believed a spirit lived inside each kernel of popcorn, and that the spirit inside would become angry and burst out into the air as steam when heated.

The packets of popcorn border control personnel seized recently had had an Angry Birds mobile game sticker placed on them without the producer having given prior approval.

The confiscated popcorn
The confiscated popcorn
Norwegian Customs and Excise
District heating and energy company staff is now using the attempted smuggled goods to warm homes after quantities of the illegal popcorn packets were seized, Aftenposten-run site osloby.no reported.

The overall process is called Waste-to-Energy (WtE), which involves incinerating burnable materials to produce energy.

Generally, there are two basic WtE plant designs: two-stage, in which the waste is converted to methane or another gas that in turn is used to fire a boiler, and direct – the same principle as a wood stove.

Oslo municipality’s Waste-to-Energy Agency (EGE), which burns the popcorn and other special waste such as confidential papers and illegal goods from Customs and Excise and the Police via a destruction process called 'direct incineration', employs a direct WtE plant for this. This is located at Klemtsrud in the south of the municipality.

Energy from these waste sources is then used to heat water which energy company Hafslund circulates through the system. It is distributed as district heating or electricity.

A press spokesperson informed The Foreigner they have not noticed an increased customer base since the popcorn was incinerated.

EGE’s Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås commented that “it could be those who tried to smuggle in the popcorn will now find it’s heating their home(s).”

Facts about popcorn:                               

  • A kernel of popcorn has a hard, moisture-sealed hull around an interior of organic material, mostly starch.
  • The interior expands upon heating to exert pressure on the hull which finally fractures with an audible "pop".
  • It is the popped popcorn that is useful - just as wood shavings burn more readily than solid wood.
  • This is because there is ample air to feed oxygen to a burning shaving.
  • Popcorn burns more readily when popped.


Published on Thursday, 6th March, 2014 at 10:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock and M. Michael Brady   .
Last updated on 6th March 2014 at 13:13.

This post has the following tags: norwaycustoms, criminals, smugglers.





  
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