Dog poop energy

The Park Spark Project

Relevant to a recent post on the fabulous pooper scooter, here’s an idea of what to do with all that poop once it’s scooped: use it for power!

Dog owners collect their dog waste in a special biodegradable bag and throw it into the digester –- an air-tight cylindrical container, where the dog feces are broken down by anaerobic bacteria. A byproduct from that process is methane, which can then be released through a valve and burnt as fuel. In this case it is being used to power an old-fashioned gas-burning lamppost in a park.

Check out Wired for the full scoop (har) on what is currently conceptual art, but could potentially become a neat and tidy solution to the park poop plague.

(Image from The Park Spark, home page of the artist’s project.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Dog poop energy

  1. Karyn says:

    Oooh, nice alliteration.

  2. Karen says:

    I work in a kennel of about 100 dogs. As you can imagine, the daily poop output (or should that be “outpoop”) is significant. This system would be great to have. Maybe we could use it to power our well pump. Must investigate further.

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