Flushing for the future: Update
'Poo-power' is finally achieved in the UK as 200 homes in the town of Oxfordshire are now running on renewable gas that's produced by human sewage.
Tue, Oct 12 2010 at 1:53 PM
Got an eagle eye for poop stories? Then you might have caught this particular item from my Playing catch up
post that I published last Friday:
The Independent brings word
that 200 homes in Oxfordshire, UK, are now running on renewable gas that's produced by ... wait for it ... human sewage. According to The Independent, "the 'end to end' process from lavatory to gas grid takes around 20 days and the average person produces the equivalent of 30 kilos of dried out sewage-sludge per year."
If you’re still scratching your head and wondering how in the world non-stinky “poo gas” can actually heat a home, check out the below video from BBC News that explains the process.
It’s also worth revisiting this post
from back in April where I explain the details of the methane
-recovering anaerobic digester-using project in Oxfordshire back before it was a reality, just a brown apple in the eye of British Gas, Thames Water, and Scotia Gas Networks. And as I mentioned in that post, converting waste (human or otherwise) into power isn’t exactly a novel concept. On visits to China in the 13th century, Marco Polo discovered covered sewage tanks used to generate power and even the street lamps in genteel Victorian England were poo-powered.
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