Turkey poop could offer a potent alternative to coal

November 24, 2017 by  
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Turkeys don’t just offer fuel on a Thanksgiving plate. Two Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers found turkey poop could act as a potent alternative energy source – and could actually replace around 10 percent of coal utilized for electricity generation. Turkey, chicken, and other poultry poop, when treated and converted to solid biomass fuel, could offer an alternative to coal. Biomass comprises 73 percent of renewable energy production around the world, according to a press release on the work, but instead of growing crops for biomass, utilizing turkey excrement could solve two problems. The researchers said in the statement, “Environmentally safe disposal of poultry excrement has become a significant problem. Converting poultry waste to solid fuel, a less resource-intensive, renewable energy source is an environmentally superior alternative that also reduces reliance on fossil fuels .” Related: 6 Ways to Convert Poo into Power They compared turkey poop as biochar and hydrochar; the first is “produced by slow heating of the biomass at a temperature of 450 degrees Celsius in an oxygen-free furnace” and the second by “heating wet biomass to a much lower temperature of up to 250 degrees Celsius under pressure” in a process known as hydrothermal carbonization (HTC). Turkey poop processed as hydrochar seemed like the better option, offering 24 percent higher net energy generation, according to the researchers, who said, “Poultry waste hydrochar generates heat at high temperatures and combusts in a similar manner to coal, an important factor in replacing it as renewable energy source.” The researchers discovered greater temperatures during the HTC process resulted in a reduction of methane and ammonia emissions , although there were increases in carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide . But researcher Amit Gross said, “Our findings could help significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity generation and agricultural waste.” The journal Applied Energy published the research online this month. Via American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Images via Andrea Reiman on Unsplash and Pixabay

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Abandoned Spanish farmhouse will be completely powered by poo

November 20, 2015 by  
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An abandoned farmhouse in northern Spain is being renovated to be powered entirely by poo. Designed by Meghan Sapp and her startup renewable energy company Planet Energy , the Spanish House of Poo will be a completely self-sustaining eco-house that uses waste produced by from its human and animal inhabitants to generate renewable energy. Read the rest of Abandoned Spanish farmhouse will be completely powered by poo

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Poo could power 138 million homes in developing countries

November 6, 2015 by  
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A new study demonstrates how poop could generate enough energy to power 138 million homes. Researchers at the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNUINWEH) hypothesize that biogas from human waste could produce the equivalent of $12.5 billion in natural gas. Plus, creating carefully-designed poop collection system in developing countries like Indonesia, Brazil and Ethiopia – so that the methane can be harvested for clean energy – would address the additional challenge of poor sanitation conditions. Read the rest of Poo could power 138 million homes in developing countries

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Can the dairy industry really be a clean source of renewable energy?

August 14, 2015 by  
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The farmers at the third-generation family-owned Homestead Dairy farm in Indiana have been working on ways to profit from a natural part of the business by turning cow manure into power. Recycling livestock waste into electricity isn’t new; it’s actually a growing trend among farmers looking for ways to make money from cow manure by transforming it into a usable—and marketable—product. The resulting round of applause farmers get for selling electricity back to the grid is enough to impress a lot of people, but does recycling a little cow manure make your dairy farm a renewable energy business? Read the rest of Can the dairy industry really be a clean source of renewable energy?

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Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

February 24, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. In early January 2013, Kenya’s oldest English-language school, the Maseno School , opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system inevitably left foul odors and polluted local freshwater sources, while the kitchen used firewood for cooking fuel—unhealthy for cooks and the environment alike. High school senior, Leroy Mwasaru, now 17, and four of his friends had an idea: to harvest poop and other waste and turn it into a safe, clean and eco-friendly source of cooking fuel . Check out this video courtesy of  Makeshift , and read on past the jump to learn more about the project! Read the rest of Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , biogas , biohacking , clean fuel , cooking fuel , firewood , human waste bioreactor , hwb , kenya , leroy mwasaru , Maseno School , methane , Poo Power! , renewable energy

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The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

February 24, 2015 by  
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In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People’s coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, much of which fails to end up in recycling bins. Then again, they can only be reused  a couple of times before they end up in landfills too. Enter the seeded cup: made of post-consumer paper, these compost-certified cups have organic native wildflower seeds embedded in them, so they can be planted after use to help replenish barren soil and attract/feed indigenous local pollinators. A Kickstarter campaign is currently underway to fund their production—read on to learn more! Read the rest of The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coffee cup with seeds , compostable coffee cup , cup with seeds , flower seed coffee cup , flower seed cup , native flower seeds , paper cup with seeds , Plantable coffee cup , post-consumer paper cup , seed cup , seeded coffee cup , wildflower seeds

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Artist paints portrait of Mark Zuckerberg with poop

January 20, 2015 by  
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Mark Zuckerberg is not generally thought of as a well-loved person—many, in fact, believe that he single-handedly ruined the Internet by making the surveillance-rife, brand-punishing, populace-dumbing-down Facebook central to how people consume the Web. Now, one artist—Brooklyn’s KATSU—is making public opinion painfully literal, by creating a portrait of Zuckerberg from his own feces. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Artist paints portrait of Mark Zuckerberg with poop Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fecal art , katsu , KATSU art , KATSU fecal art , KATSU Zuckerberg photos , mark zuckerberg , poop painting , poop power , remember the future , zuckerberg painting , Zuckerberg poo art , Zuckerberg poo painting , Zuckerberg poop painting , zuckerberg portrait

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UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus is on the Road

November 21, 2014 by  
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The Bio-Bus , the U.K.’s first poo-powered bus, just hit the road and is going into active service for a four-week trial period starting Monday 24 November, 2014. The 40-seater bus runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that’s unfit for human consumption, and produces fewer emissions than a traditional diesel engine. The bus is being run by the Bath Bus Company, covering the Bath to Bristol Airport service along the A4 motorway. Read the rest of UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus is on the Road Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bath , Bath Bus Company , Bio-Bus , biogas , biomethane , bristol , emissions reductions , food waste , green transport , Poo Power! , poo-powered bus , sewage , UK , UK’s first poo-powered bus

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Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

March 19, 2014 by  
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Researchers at the University of Colorado designed a new toilet called the Sol-Char that zaps poop into biochar using nothing but the sun. Led by Karl Linden, the team installed fiber-optic cables that scorch waste deposited in the toilet to yield dainty briquettes of biochar. These bricks of sanitized human waste are then used as fertilizer, which will hopefully give farmers in developing countries a much-needed boost. Read the rest of Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill and melinda gates foundation , biochar , eco design , green design , poop burning toilet , reinvent the toilet challenge , Sol-Char , solar powered toilet , sustainable design        

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Artist Isaac Cordal’s Incredible Tiny Sculptures Offer a Chilling View of Climate Change

March 19, 2014 by  
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