January 15, 2010

Heat your home with what comes out of the toilet – brown sludge goes green

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Imagine a future where you can heat your home with what comes out of your toilet.

Well, in Vancouver, B.C., they started doing it. Yesterday.

rita_hibbardwebIt’s North America’s first renewable heating system, which will turn sewage into heat for 16,00o homes. The system cost $30 million, and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area it serves by 50 percent. The Tyee reports that it will also keep 2,800 athletes warm in the Olympic Village.

Says Mayor Gregor Robertson:

“It reflects the steps we are taking to make Vancouver the greenest city on the earth.”

Wow.

One thought on “Heat your home with what comes out of the toilet – brown sludge goes green

  1. A criticism:
    This is terrible reporting, both for the source (The Tyee) and INVW for just linking to it and not investigating further. Is this plant producing heat by anaerobic digestion (biogas/methane), pyrolysis, or . . . There’s no information here about what is actually being done, just a rah rah press release.