How shit can become the most valuable resource in the future
What if you could take a dump in the morning and that can be converted into fuel? It would get a lot of people in the middle-east worried. Well, this can soon become a possibility. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed technology to turn sewage into biocrude oil.
The technology called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), uses pressure and heat, similar to earth to create crude oil. The difference is Earth takes millions of years to make this happen, while this technology can convert 34 billion gallons of sewage to crude oil in a day.
HTL is essentially a pressurized tube that breaks down organic matter such as human waste, into a sludge by exerting a pressure of 3,000 pounds per square inch. The sludge is then heated at temperatures of 660 degrees Fahrenheit with the help of a reactor. The end result is crude oil that can be distilled to make fuels like petrol and diesel.
US based renewable fuel equipment manufacturer Genifuel Corporation has acquired the licence for the technology and currently working to setup a demo plant.
The company looks start construction as soon as 2018. If the demo is successful, the technology might be able to generate close to 30 million barrels of oil an year.
Here’s a measure that you can fathom a little better. One person can produce enough waste to produce three gallons a year.
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