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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World’s largest waste-to-energy system turns Washington D.C. poop into power

October 13, 2015 by  
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The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, or D.C. Water , last week unveiled its $470 million waste-to-energy system, becoming the first utility in North America to use what is called a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system in an urban treatment plant. The project converts solid sludge, otherwise known as human poop, into clean, renewable energy . According to D.C. Water officials, the waste-to-energy system is the largest in the world. Read the rest of World’s largest waste-to-energy system turns Washington D.C. poop into power

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Energy-efficient timber cabin is made from all-natural materials in Norway

October 13, 2015 by  
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POO POWER: New Toilet System Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Reduces Water Use By 90%

June 27, 2012 by  
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Poo power is rapidly becoming the energy source of choice in many countries, powering everything from homes to motorcycles . Now scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new toilet system that not only turns human waste into electricity and fertilizers, but also reduces the amount of water needed for flushing by up to 90% ! Read the rest of POO POWER: New Toilet System Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Reduces Water Use By 90% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , bioreactor , biowaste , compost , fertilizers , human energy , human waste , no-mix vacuum toilet , Poo Power! , poop power

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Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

November 11, 2011 by  
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We are so excited to learn that the amazing Toilet Bike Neo has completed its poop-powered 870 mile journey across Japan! Earlier this year, top toilet maker Toto unveiled their talking three-wheeled motorcycle, which includes a much laughed-about but only decorative toilet seat, as part of their plan to half their company’s carbon emissions by 2017. The motorbike is fueled by a combination of household sewage and livestock waste converted into an ecologically-friendly biogas that is stored in tanks at the back of the bike! Read the rest of Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biogas , eco design , green design , green transportation , Japan , LED lights , livestock waste , NEO , poop , poop power , sewage , sustainable design , talking bike , toilet bike neo , toto

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