We are, indeed, living in the 21st century. A Geneva-based designer, Océane Izard, has invented a machine that converts dog poop into electricity that can charge household gadgets.
The appliance is called Poo Poo Power. It’s still a conceptual design but the idea is to keep dog waste off city sidewalks by giving owners a small incentive to take the poop home.
“I have three dogs,” says Izard. “I have always believed in the potential of my dogs’ droppings. I’ve also lost count of the times I’ve walked in shit.”
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How It Works
Dog owners must place a biodegradable bag of dog waste inside the machine, where sludge-eating bacteria gush out methane that is converted to power.
Then, the power is stored in detachable batteries that can be used around the house.
The amount of electricity the appliance produces depends on the dog – or the amount of poo, that is.
“For example, for a German Shepherd, the amount of poop is different from that of a Beagle,” Izard says. “For a Beagle, it creates between 250 and 340 grams of feces per day. This allows you to run a fan for two hours. For a German dog, it’s twice as much. It could almost run your fridge.”
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Dog Poop Can Save Money
In the United States, dogs produce around 10 million tons of poop every year, and most of it goes to landfill —where it pumps methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the air.
That much dog poo also pollutes bodies of water. In fact, a study in Seattle found that as much as 20% of bacteria in local water came from dogs.
It seems that Izard isn’t the only one eyeing dog poop as a source of power. In 2006, the city of San Francisco considered a pilot program to collect poop at dog parks and bring it to digesters but the program ultimately didn’t move forward.
Another project also aims to use dog poop to power streetlights at parks while other projects, like the U.K.’s BioBus, convert human waste to power.
“My project is an opportunity to say it is possible even at a small scale,” says Izard. “The future of poop is here.”
Source: Discovery News