Aside from organic fertilizers, what else can we make good use of poop? Not much, right? So why don't we just turn it into usable energy? It makes perfect sense. Just like what Canada is planning to do because you know, that's where poop should go.
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory took raw sewage
and have victoriously converted it to biocrude oil.
Basically, what they did is they turned poop into a biocrude fuel through a process they call as hydrothermal liquefaction. They subjected the waste to high pressure and temperature. It's a process that used 3,000 pounds per square inch and 660 degrees Fahrenheit, which resulted in the breakdown of the waste chemical compounds in its basic form.
The Metro Vancouver with its 23 local authorities in British Columbia, Canada and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory worked together with the equipment manufacturer Genifuel to begin creating a demonstration plant.
According to researchers, over one year, an average person can generate two to three gallons of biocrude oil. A 42-gallon barrel of crude oil yields about 19 gallons of gasoline, so assuming a similar conversion rate, three gallons of biocrude may yield about 1.4 gallons of gasoline.
Technically, only 0.01 percent of poops can be turned into biocrude. Not much, but it's a better place than the sewage!
Officers have estimated the pilot project which might cost 8 to 9 million Canadian dollars. People involved in the project are still looking for ways to accumulate the needed budget. Once they get the amount needed, the project will move to designing phase. It is expected that they will launch the project in 2018!