The Toronto Zoo wants to use the manure produced by its animals to generate its electricity, which seems like a perfect scenario for a zoo. The problem is the biogas electricity plant would cost CDN $13 million (US $10.5 million), a sum of money the zoo doesn't have.
The City of Toronto says that it doesn't have the money to loan the zoo, which has lead the zoo on a search for private investors. The zoo claims that a biogas electricity plant run on its animals' waste would not only produce enough power for its own operations, but enough to sell back to the grid that the project would pay for itself within five years.
If the zoo is able to secure funding, the power plant could begin construction in 2009.
I always root for scenarios like these where an area or company has a lot of an unusual resource and they come up with a way to harness its potential. The Japanese airport that will begin using snow to cool its buildings is another great example of this type of innovation. I hope that the zoo gets its funding, especially since it's not only able to provide for itself, but give back to the grid as well.
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written by Mike, November 18, 2008
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