29 Feb '16, 9pm

Power from poo: Breakthrough could lead to sustainable electricity from sewage

Power from poo: Breakthrough could lead to sustainable electricity from sewage

Oh, the wonderful things that poo can do. When it comes to talking about poo, it seems like most people's noses wrinkle up and they start looking for a quick exit from the conversation, which is a shame, because it's actually an incredibly useful material, whether you're talking about manure or human sewage. Sure, it needs to be handled correctly and dealt with intelligently, but feces and urine can provide a lot of benefits to us - mostly indirectly - by adding fertility to soils. And it's too bad that while we might know how to deal with it 'correctly' with our modern wastewater infrastructure, for the most part we don't handle it very intelligently. Our wastewater systems combine stormwater, greywater , and even clean water (such as when we inadvertently let potable water run right down the drain without using it for some purpose) with the sewage from our toilets, when ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/power-poo-brea...

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