This Family Home is Powered by Fecal Matter and Food Waste

By: Katherine Pendrill - Nov 18, 2015
References: planetenergynow & fastcoexist
A startup company called 'PlanetEnergy' recently designed a family home that is powered by fecal matter and food waste. Although food waste is currently being used as an energy source on a large scale, PlanetEnergy demonstrates that the technology can be adapted to individual homes as well.

The waste powered home is located on a formerly abandoned farm in the Spanish countryside. The home is powered by fecal matter and food waste, which is fed into an adapted septic system. The advanced septic system contains special bacteria and enzymes that help to break down waste and capture the methane that is released. As a result, enough energy is produced for heating and gas.

The technology not only allows homeowners to live off of the gird, but it also provides a sustainable solution for dealing with human waste. In turn, the technology could prove valuable in areas where a lack of proper sanitation and viable energy is a pressing concern.