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Sewage-powered hydrogen fueling station opens in CA

Could sewage be the holy grail for clean fuel? The Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, Calif., recently opened the world's first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station, which uses sewage biogas to produce heat, electricity, and hydrogen.

By August 26, 2011


Human sewage--the next source of electricity?

Can microbes turn drain water into power? Yes, says a noted genetic scientist. And they can make jet fuel too.

By October 19, 2007


Senate readies for fight over cybersecurity surveillance

Sen. Joe Lieberman says his cybersecurity bill is necessary to prevent terrorists from dumping "raw sewage into our lakes." But privacy groups call it a big step toward Big Brother.

By November 13, 2012


Scientists: We can now drug test whole cities

Scientists in Norway believe they have a cost-effective method of examining sewage systems in order to test drug use in larger populations.

By June 19, 2011


Japanese scientist creates 'poop burger'? Surely not

A Japanese scientist reportedly finds a way to do something ecologically useful: create artificial meat from sewage containing feces. But doesn't the story smell just a little funny?

By June 18, 2011


The 404 866: Where we refrain from physical activity (podcast)

Today marks the beginning of a weekend spent indoors to escape the heat and the smell coming from a sewage plant in Harlem that's been spewing millions of gallons of untreated New York sewage into the Hudson River since last Wednesday. On today's episode, we're chatting about a mysterious similarity between the trailers for the new Spider-Man movie and the game Mirror's Edge, a pocket urinal solving a wee problem, and more tips on how to help Jeff's dad load songs onto his iPod.

By July 22, 2011


Micromidas to test sludge-to-plastic tech

Another way to use waste: a California start-up plans to test a mobile wastewater biorefinery that turns sewage sludge into a biodegradable plastic.

By May 27, 2010


Wastewater-to-fertilizer plant captures nutrients

Venture-backed Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies to open a facility that converts wastewater from sewage treatment plants into fertilizer while reducing nutrient run-off.

By May 23, 2010


Microbe converts sludge into ethanol

A joint project of Applied CleanTech and Qteros combines feedstock made from sewage sludge and a microbe-based process for turning cellulose into ethanol.

By October 7, 2009


Start-up aims to keep boat waste out of waterways

Klean Marine plans to offer the first national cleaning and sewage treatment services for recreational boats.

By February 26, 2008