Sunday, February 07, 2010

60% of human waste converted to energy in Germany!

Feb 07, 2010

I came across an article titled "Renewable energy: The seat of power" in The Economist about the better sewage treatment being the next step in renewable energy.  I was very encouraged by what is happening here. 60% of human waste converted to energy in Germany! Germany is the king here, but other countries are starting to follow. The article states that, "In America in particular numerous sewage plants have begun processing undigested food in large quantities over the course of 2009."


Of course, Germany generates only 200 kWh per person from human waste while an average German consumes nearly 7,500 kWh of electricity per person. And we are not yet talking about other forms of energy consumed by Germans like Diesel, Gasoline, and Natural Gas.

Nevertheless, it is good to know that something good happens when we flush the toilet. :)

Karthik

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