Orlando Uses Sewage To Produce Electricity

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Photo: wfmillar (CC)

Can poop be turned into power? The city of Orlando has been working with private-industry partners on turning sewage into electricity in an attempt to answer the age-old question: ‘What if you could take sewage and get rid of it cleanly and quickly, without dumping it in rivers or landfills — and generate pollution-free electricity at the same time?’ Orlando Sentinel reports:

Orlando officials think they’ve perfected a technology that has flummoxed scientists for decades — one they hope will be used worldwide to turn sewage into electricity and earn the city tens of millions of dollars in royalties.

If city officials and their private-industry partners are right, it could be the biggest thing in sewage treatment since the flush toilet.

“We call it poop to power in five minutes,” said project consultant Roy Pelletier.

While the five-year, $8.5 million project has drawn little attention locally, a small, experimental test plant off busy Alafaya Trail near the University of Central Florida has drawn visitors from Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Europe and elsewhere in recent weeks.

[Continues at Orlando Sentinel]

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  • Hadrian999

    Who runs barter town?

  • Hadrian999

    Who runs barter town?

  • Hadrian999

    Who runs barter town?

  • neurolux

    Surprisingly progressive for Florida.

  • neurolux

    Surprisingly progressive for Florida.

  • ShittyIdea

    Talk about a shitty idea :) But seriously, this is pretty awesome and the implications are fairly significant…

    • Hadrian999

      I really hope this turns out to be productive and not a pipe dream, if the process uses less energy than it produces it could be huge, imagine the use it could be applied to large scale cattle and pig farming.

  • ShittyIdea

    Talk about a shitty idea :) But seriously, this is pretty awesome and the implications are fairly significant…

  • Hadrian999

    I really hope this turns out to be productive and not a pipe dream, if the process uses less energy than it produces it could be huge, imagine the use it could be applied to large scale cattle and pig farming.

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