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A Pet-Powered Street Lamp In Cambridge

The Park Spark Project aims to educate the public about untapped energy resources with a methane digester-powered street lamp.

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on September 14, 2010.

A new initiative in Cambridge Massachusetts looks to use dog waste to power a lampost as a way to remind pet owners, and the general public, about untapped energy resources.

The Park Spark Project explains:

Dog owners everywhere are collecting pet waste in plastic bags and then sending it to landfills. The waste contained in these plastic bags release small amounts of methane that over time is a substantial quantity. The Park Spark Project is based on substituting the common trashcan and plastic bag with a public methane digester and biodegradable bag, so that the dog waste collected is converted into a usable form of energy (methane). This methane will burn constantly in the form of a ‘eternal flame’ monument until someone proposes an idea for the use of the flame.

The energy of the digester manifested as an ‘eternal flame’ is evidence of the redundant and unquestioned nature of our behaviors. Once in place, as long as people own pets in the city and throw away dog waste, the production of energy will be continuous and unlimited.

The Park Spark Project

[via USA Today]

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