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Postby slomo007 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:11 pm

Strange story:
Yahoo wrote:Museum Considers Excrement Power

2 hours, 36 minutes ago Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo!



LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Science Museum says it is considering a radical way of paying its hefty energy bills -- using visitors' excrement.



The central London museum said it was considering taking the waste from its 14 toilet blocks and converting it into electricity.


"With free admission it would be a great way for visitors to give something back to the museum and help keep the overheads down," said the museum's head Jon Tucker. "We have almost 3 million visitors each year and have huge electricity bills."


The museum said the plan would be to siphon off waste from the toilets, store it and then either burn it as fuel in a mini-power station or turn it into electricity using a microbial fuel cell.


The power produced from the excrement of 100,000 visitors could produce enough to power 500 light bulbs, while also breaking down harmful organic matter, it said.


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Postby zepfan » Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:14 pm

I wonder how many people's poop it would take to power the whole museum? If 100,000 people equals only 500 light bulbs, I'm figuring they're gonna need a hell of a lot of it to make it worth it... :-?
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Postby Super GM » Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:20 pm

Hmmm.... :-? 8-o Ok, only the Brits can come up with an idea like that! :-b (no offense to any brits in here)
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Postby thetongueofire » Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:37 pm

"With free admission it would be a great way for visitors to give something back to the museum and help keep the overheads down," said the museum's head Jon Tucker.


too funny. :-b

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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:07 pm

zepfan wrote:I wonder how many people's poop it would take to power the whole museum? If 100,000 people equals only 500 light bulbs, I'm figuring they're gonna need a hell of a lot of it to make it worth it... :-?


That's what I was wondering. :-?
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Postby irishdude103 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:23 pm

Super GM wrote:Hmmm.... :-? 8-o Ok, only the Brits can come up with an idea like that! :-b (no offense to any brits in here)
;-D yeah
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Postby matmat » Thu Jul 15, 2004 5:41 pm

is that 100,000 people or 100,000 excrements?
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Postby pomplona's finest » Thu Jul 15, 2004 6:11 pm

Wouldn't the varying excrement size effect the amount of power generated?
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Postby Lofunzo » Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:23 pm

thetongueofire wrote:
"With free admission it would be a great way for visitors to give something back to the museum and help keep the overheads down," said the museum's head Jon Tucker.


too funny. :-b

go poop power !!! ;-D


I was thinking about the same part. LOL
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Postby Madison » Fri Jul 16, 2004 3:51 am

pomplona's finest wrote:Wouldn't the varying excrement size effect the amount of power generated?


Guess they are using an average. :-o

If they did such a thing, I'd be scared to eat or drink anything there. Laxatives, you know? :-o

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