Last month, Canadian scientists announced a way to convert human waste, trash and greases congealing inside sewer pipes to biofuel last month. Now it might be the key to sustainably caring for sewage systems, especially in big cities.
Globs of fat, food scraps, napkins, human waste, and grease are just some of the ingredients typically found in a fatberg. In recent years fatbergs were discovered in big cities like London or Baltimore.
The scientists heated their experimental fatbergs to between 194 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit before adding peroxide to force the organic matter to break up. Bacteria then turned the fatberg remnants into methane. The process is less costly than the alternative—excavating the sludge before converting it to fuel.
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