Your home could soon be heated using gas made from human poo, thanks to a new initiative by Bristol Energy.
The firm is turning poo from a million people across Bristol into biomethane – a clean gas that will be used as an environmentally friendly substitute for fossil fuels.
Bristol Energy, which is working with GENeco on the project, will not only turn the local waste into energy, but will also reinvest its profits back into local community.
Simon Proctor, Renewables and Origination Manager at Bristol Energy said: “People are much more aware of the simple changes we can make to tackle climate change.
“But for a long time green energy was seen as more expensive.
“Luckily, thanks to advances in technology, this is no longer the case. It’s amazing what science can do with your poo.”
To extract the biomethane, GENeco treats the poo and turns it into a sludge.
This sludge then goes through a process called anaerobic digestion – much like in our own digestive system – which creates biogas.
The biogas is cleaned up and transformed into something that’s exactly the same composition as natural gas – 98% methane.
Mohammed Saddiq, Managing Director of GENeco, said: "By treating sewage and food that’s unfit for human consumption, we’re able to produce enough biomethane to provide a significant supply of gas to the national gas network.
"Biomethane is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.
“Our plant provides carbon savings of around 30,000 tonnes CO2e per year and is a real success story for Bristol.
“Powering people’s homes using waste from the local area is a real-life example of the circular economy in action.”
You can read more about the project here.
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