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Sewage-powered car- end to dirty fuel

A VW Beetle, powered by human waste has taken to the streets of England in an attempt to encourage sustainable motoring. It’s Britain’s first car to run on gas produced from sewage sludge. Stuart McDill reports. Source: Reuters Energy from waste is part of the solution to sustainability and is likely to become big business […]

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Urine as a Commercial Fertilizer?

The separate collection of urine provides innovative opportunities for the improvement of sanitation and the recycling of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Urine separation is an excellent sanitation solution, particularly in places where classic sewer-based sanitation is not sustainable. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a grant of 3.0 million US dollars to support […]

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Peak Phosphorus – What does this mean?

Our ability to provide enough food to feed the human population is dependent on the availability of phosphorus. While the term “peak oil” has become a familiar term in the lexicon of sustainability, the notion of “peak phosphorus” may ultimately be a concern of greater consequence. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient required by plants that […]

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Countdown to “Free” Renewable Energy from Sewage Begins

They prefer to call it wastewater, but the bottom line is that researchers at the University of Nevada are close to commercializing a process for generating renewable energy from sewage sludge.  The energy could be used to run equipment at the plants, which is a big deal because sewage treatment plants (okay, so wastewater treatment […]

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Could Generating Energy from Waste Be the Answer?

Scientists at Teesside University are helping to find answers to one of the most difficult problems facing the world today — generating energy without accelerating climate change or harming food production. The researchers are investigating biofuels generated from wastes. This is seen by many as the ‘green alternative’ to using fossil fuels.  Biofuels may appear […]

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