Human waste in sewage water can be converted into crude oil
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We’ve seen how a sanitation drive in Kenya provided homes with personal toilets and also used the waste to produce household fuels, generating profits that provided a near closed-loop solution to waste management. Now new technology could potentially transform sewage treatment while providing an alternative to crude oil across North America. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), of the US Department of Energy, have developed a process called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) that treats sewage water in conditions of 3000psi pressure and 660 degrees fahrenheit, breaking down human waste into a soupy ‘biocrude oil’ that functions like naturally produced crude oil but…
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