According to the report, “Valuing Human Waste as an Energy Resource,” the globe's total excrement value ranges anywhere from $1.6B to $9.5B based upon how much methane-rich biogas can be extracted from it. The report's authors note:
As it turns out, that's not just "Hopium et Changium."
In Uganda, the W2W program--a joint venture between Grand Challenges Canada, UNU-INWEH and the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment--will install a $100k biogas system into a prison. With annual operating costs of $5k, the W2W system is expected to pay for itself with fuel cost savings in 2 years.
For this program to succeed across the fruited plain, The Motley Monk would note, people would have to become far more diverse and inclusive of other cultural practices. For example, in India, the UN reports that more than 500M people defecate in public.
So, what's to stop this in the US, especially when new forms of bio-energy are said to be so necessary?
Think about it: Human excrement could be #6 on the list of inexhaustible energy sources!
Let the discussion begin...
To read the (UNU-INWEH) report, click on the following link:
To read about public defecation in Indian subcontinent, click on the following link:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27775327
To read the list of inexhaustible energy sources, click on the following link: