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released march 24th.

Researchers convert sewer sludge to diesel alternative

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Human waste can create much more than a foul odor.

Researchers at Mississippi State University have created a patented process which turns our by-products into an alternative diesel energy source.

Publicly owned wastewater treatment plants generate over 8 million tons of sewage sludge annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A typical family of four generates up to 400 gallons of wastewater per day and pays $435 per year, according to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Miss. State University Chemical Engineering Professor Todd French told FoxNews.com that the technology he is working on has the potential to decrease what we pay for sewer and trash because cities would be making money off the waste products.

“You pay to dispose of your waste – your body waste or your trash,” French said. “This technology allows us to capture some of that and put it back into a usable fuel.”

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/03/24/researchers-convert-sewer-sludge-to-diesel-alternative/?intcmp=obmod_ffo&intcmp=obnetwork

 
 
 

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It will be interesting to see if this process has a better EROI than other attempts to make fuel from sludge in the past.

 

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