03 Oct '11, 5am

British Company Turns "Poo Power" Into Electricity | Care2 Causes

British Company Turns "Poo Power" Into Electricity | Care2 Causes

Sewage flakes, a highly combustible new renewable form of fuel that burns like woodchip, are being used for the first time to generate electricity for Britain’s largest water and sewerage company. Thames Water has begun producing the flakes by drying sludge (sewage solids) in a purpose-built machine at sewage works in Slough, Berkshire. (Also well known as the setting for the original BBC series “The Office. “) The flakes are then taken by lorry to Crossness sewage works in Bexley, south-east London, where they are burnt off to generate electricity. 16 Percent Of This Year’s Energy From Sewage Thames Water estimates that 16 percent of its electricity needs will be covered in the current financial year by so-called poo power, which is enough to run about 40,000 average family homes. Until now, the sludge dryer had been used to reduce waste simply to get rid of it more conve...

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