Poo to Power Homes

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How is your home heated? What if you found out that the heating was powered by poo?

In the UK this is exactly what is happening.

A sewage treatment plant near Birmingham in England, has become the first plant in the UK to use poo to heat the homes of the cities’ residents.

Experts at the sewage plant have discovered an innovative way to treat waste and turn it into a useful energy.

To do this, the sewage plant uses big “digesters” that actually work a bit like a cow’s stomach to break down the waste.

The waste is then heated and certain chemicals are added to make a gas called methane, which can then be used to power homes.

It is hoped that if this new style of powering heating is successful, that more sewage plants across the UK will follow suit.

20 Responses

  1. Its kinda gross but you wouldn’t really notice it. Methane is an odorless, colorless flammable gas. It is used primarily as fuel to make heat and light. It is also used to manufacture organic chemicals. Methane can be formed by the decay of natural materials and is common in landfills, marshes, septic systems and sewers.
    Thanks to
    Chemical Fact Sheets–Methane
    for this information

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