British clean-tech company SeaB has developed an innovative project called MuckBusters that converts human and animal waste into electricity inside a 40 foot shipping container. The project claims to have included half a ton of food that has helped generate enough power to run 150 computers. It claims that San Francisco’s left over’s alone could help power 22,000 homes for an entire year. Reported in CNET:
If you believe the estimates, all you need is half a ton of unwanted food to run about 150 computers. Which presents a sobering counterpoint to the impression one has that 150 people sitting at computers in the average office consume at least 150 tons of food.
Wondering how it works ?
Well, you shove your food in at one end and it gets chewed up by bacteria. As often with chewing, a lot of gas emerges. Your friendly MuckBuster does a little filtering, gets itself a methane stream and then slips that gas through a heat and power system.
Essentially your leftovers from lunch have now help create power. This creative thinking has awarded SeaB a ranking of one of the most 16 innovative and clean tech company status via the Technology Strategy Board. SeaB explains that a 40-foot container processing a half a ton waste while converting it into power is a very functional use of that space.