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Terasen Trying to Power Homes with Human Poo

In a first in Canada, Terasen Gas of similar levitra B.C. is going to begin purifying “biogas” from human waste at the Lions Gate sewage treatment plant, pumping the product out to its gas utility customers. Yep – read it again if you want, but it’ll still say human waste. Icky, but might as well utilize it.

With a $1.1 million pilot project, Terasen will develop B.C.’s first biogas alternative energy project with the delivery of biomethane through its natural gas distribution system. The project isn’t the first of its kind – the US is beating it to the punch – but the idea is still in infancy.

“This pilot project will provide enough energy for 100 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 500 tonnes each year,” says Doug Stout, Terasen’s VP of marketing and business development.

The gas from the sewage treatment plant is almost pure methane and is produced from the sewage’s digestion or decomposition when solids are separated into liquid waste. That excess gas is usually burned off, but waste not want not, so it’ll be used to power homes. Just think, your poop powering the bathroom light by which you read your newspaper while, well, pooping. Brings a whole new meaning to Terasen's tagline, doesn't it?

Conveniently, a gas pipeline nearby the sewage treatment plant makes it easy to transport the excess gas after impurities have been removed and the gas is pressurized for delivery in the pipe.

The Lions Gate project is slated to begin by July 2009 and Terasen hopes to use what it learns from this pilot program to develop larger-scale applications from harvesting methane from agriculture waste. It looks promising. But I don’t care how much it may help the environment, I’m not going to be strapping on one of those backpacks that those cows in Argentina wear.

Via: Terasen Gas, Times of India, The Vancouver Sun


Capturing the Power of Trillions of Footfalls

Elizabeth Redmond, 23, dreams of canadian rx levitra working at MIT’s Media Lab, one of the United States’ top scientific research and development centers. However, she has invented something that should make MIT and every other “think tank” in the country dream of her.

Elizabeth invented the POWERleap, a simple idea with brilliant applications. It’s a flooring system that generates electricity every time you move on one of the tiles. Elizabeth developed the POWERleap as her senior thesis project at the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design. She wanted to design a project that would educate people about their relationship and dependence on wow look it order propica energy. Human bodies generate electricity, about 100 watts at rest, which (according to is enough to power the computer I am writing on.

Elizabeth set out to harness our bodies’ energy to power small objects. But when she realized that walking was our most abundant and next day levitra consistent activity, and the energy harnessed from it could power something much bigger than an iPod, the design for the price cialis POWERleap tiles was born.

Redmond's unique floor tiles generate electricity using a phenomenon known as piezoelectricity – electricity generated by applying mechanical stress to certain materials like the lead zirconate plates in the POWERleap. When these 2-inch by 1-inch piezoceramic plates are bent, a charge is produced that can be harnessed. Multiply one tile by the surface area of a subway station or even your standard grocery store floor, and you can imagine the amount of energy these tiles have the potential to generate.

In a few years Elizabeth hopes people will be able to pull the POWERleap off the shelves of Home Depot and install it to power their homes. More importantly if we generate our own electricity it should change the online order levitra way we consume, appreciate and utilize electric power. During our cell phone conversation, Elizabeth pointed out another beneficial feature of the technology. "Imagine a business powered by the people who move around inside it. When the people leave for the day the lights and power would automatically shut down."

Elizabeth expects the next stage of development and research to yield "an electromechanical system that is safe, efficient, easy to install, repair, and apply, and fun to it's great! order cialis online participate with." She currently seeks funding for the next stage of the POWERleap's development. Since the applications of this technology are endless and the end of the oil age is fast approaching, let's hope she does not have trouble finding eager investors.


Strap-on Kinetic Charger Dances Away Dead Batteries

Orange and Got Wind are at it again with fun ways to charge your cell phone. They clearly aren’t content with just a giant wind- and solar-powered charging booth. They also want to give phone users a more personal way to charge up, apparently so they can be in the midst of having fun without the danger of dropping a call due to a dead battery.

The duo has created a strap-on device called the Orange Dance Charge that uses the cialis daily prices kinetic energy you create when you dance (or simply move around a lot). The charger isn’t cumbersome for dancers, with a size and viagra buy germany weight comparable to a cell phone. It is strapped to a reveller’s arm, and uses a system of weights and magnets to soft viagra looks like provide an electric current that charges a storage battery, which can later be used to charge a cell phone.

The device was tested at this year’s Glastonbury Festival last weekend, and I’m sure was a big source of we like it cialis ed amusement. I think it’s brilliant to test out something like this at a venue where folks are already three sheets to the wind and having fun, so they won’t bash on the product’s hiccups too badly. We have yet to hear how testing went, but I'll keep an eye out for news updates.

Via zdnet, Orange Press; Photo via Zanastardust


Running America on Liposuctioned Fat

I've read two separate stories today about the potential benefits of burning human fat for energy. And while EcoGeek has, in fact, posted stories about running boats with human fat, and creating motor oil with cow fat...the idea is full of holes, and I'm hoping that the rather long article I read is a joke...I can't really tell.

But I wanted this to be clear...burning human fat is not a solution to the energy crisis...for several reasons.

  1. There just isn't enough. All of America's excess fat combined (coming in at an average of 20 lbs per person) is enough to fuel America's car fleet for less than two days. (We burn 380 million gallons of gas a day.)
  2. It's extremely inefficient. We complain about the inefficiency of corn ethanol, but imagine having to take the extra step of only today mail order cialis getting converted into human fat, and THEN into's much cheaper and more efficient just to wow)) buy cialis online make it straight from the plant.
  3. It's kinda mean. Yeah, it's a joke, but obesity isn't all that funny. It's like saying "we could burn cancer and heat homes!  HAHAHA!" It's only funny if you're drunk...or mean.

That's all, just wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. It's a joke...and not a very nice one.


Spinnaker’s Steps May Generate Power from Your Footfall

I get excited about concepts that capture kinetic energy. Remember that leg brace that generates electricity? Yeah, I was SO ready to get one when I heard about it on NPR. How awesome is it to be able to power your iPod while you’re on your walk?

Well, there’s a new way to capture energy while you walk without having to look like a half-cocked Robocop or cyborg escapee. Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK has a proposition in front of it that could capture the kinetic energy created by everyone walking up and down the stairs from the tower’s viewing platform. David Webb hopes to install miniature “heel-strike” generators beneath the no prescription tramadol steps, with the ultimate goal of…taking over the WORLD MWwahhhahahaha….or at least installing them all over train stations, shopping centers and other practical places. While the technology has been around for a short while on how to capture muscle power, it is only now getting some serious attention.

Heel strike generators can obtain between about 3 and 6 watts by using the pressure of feet pounding on the floor to compress underlying pads, which drive fluid through mini-turbines that generate electricity, which is then stored in a battery. Webb says that if these generators were utilized at the Victoria Underground Station in central London, the foot traffic could power about 6,5000 light bulbs. The Japanese are already testing this out, so I’m sure it’s a hop, skip, and a jump…er, step…until other places take up the case and improve upon the current technology. Just imagine how this could make Grand Central Station glow…

Via Inhabitat, TimesOnline, BBC

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