Skip to comments.Plans unveiled to convert human waste to energy (San Antonio and methane gas harvesting)
Posted on 09/09/2008 8:04:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) The U.S. city of San Antonio unveiled a deal on Tuesday that will make it the first U.S. city to harvest methane gas from human waste on a commercial scale and turn it into clean-burning fuel.
San Antonio residents produce about 140,000 tons a year of a substance gently referred to as "biosolids," which can be reprocessed into natural gas, said Steve Clouse, chief operating officer of the city's water system.
"You may call it something else," Clouse said, but for area utilities, the main byproduct of human waste - methane gas - will soon be converted into natural gas to burn in their power plants.
The city approved a deal where Massachusetts-based Ameresco Inc will convert the city's biosolids into natural gas, which could generate about 1.5 million cubic feet per day, he said.
Methane gas, which is a byproduct of human and organic waste, is a principal component of the natural gas used to fuel furnaces, power plants, and other combustion-based generators.
"The private vendor will come onto the facility, construct some gas cleaning systems, remove the moisture, remove the carbon dioxide content, and then sell that gas on the open market," Clouse said.
The gas will be sold to power generators, he said.
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Believe it or not, I have been liking the idea for some years now. Just as long as we don’t run out of food. Other than that, I like it.
We live 45 miles NW of SA and with that city government I assure you that they can produce MEGA-methane. LOL!
The ingenuity of man never fails to amaze me..
Well, what are we gonna do with all that crap?
I know. Let’s harvest it.
Convert human waste to energy?Thats what the Obama Campaign runs on!
“Who run Bartertown?”
If they build it in downtown Washington DC, we will finally have energy independence.
They picked the right place,
San Antonio is always up there on the ‘obese cities’ list.
"The Gore household alone is expected to supply enough biosolids to power 14 Tennessee trailer parks for the next 3 years, with the former Senator and failed presidential candidate supplying the lion's share of the contribution. While this will require an inordinate amount of the Senator's valuable time and much paperwork, it is expected that Gore will file for additional carbon credits to offset his additional effluence."
Sh*t we could make a fortune in DC!
Why not. Milwaukee has been turning sludge from human waste into garden fertilizer (Milorganite) for a generation.
More chili anyone?
You can convert Obama to energy, but it won’t light an led for more than one second.
Good point. I know there had been other uses found as well.
We’re set for life! Just squeeze every liberal in congress since they’re full of sh!t.
Human waste is plentiful. And renewable........every two years during Congressional Elections................
Best Tex-Mex is in San Antonio...man I could use about a dozen tamales...
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