Gallery: Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power System and Tests It Out On a R...


Denver Zoo acknowledged that they have a lot of poo on their hands, but rather than hauling their waste off to a landfill or compost, they developed their own on-site poo-power system! They’ve applied the technology to create a poo- and trash-powered rickshaw as they promote plans to utilize their own patent-pending poo-power gasification technology to offset 20 percent of the zoo’s total energy consumption. The zoo plans to convert 1.5 million pounds of poo and waste into energy each year using gasification, recycling all animal droppings and 90 percent of solid waste produced by visitors and employees. The rickshaw is the zoo’s second electronic test-subject for the technology, having first tested out their waste-made energy on a margarita mixing blender!

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  1. Green Joy March 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Great Scott! Does it need 1.21 gigawatts of electricity? I’m sincerely impressed. Not only are they handling the waste they generate, they also reduce any fossil fuel consumption they use for transportation. It’ll also be a great story for the people who ride it: “I rode a tuk tuk powered by poo poo!”

    Juan Miguel Ruiz

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