Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (part of the US Department of Energy) discovered how to convert poop from sewage water into a bio oil that is capable of being used for fuel. This is not the first example of human waste being used to generate power, but the technology could provide an alternative to crude oil in North America and have huge ramifications. The hydrothermal liquifaction process (HTL) developed by PNNL also takes just minutes. This bio oil solution not only produces fuel, it also decreases waste and is therefore, a more environmentally friendly approach to obtaining fuel.
The first operational HTL plant is scheduled to open in 2018 in Vancouver. PNNL hopes other waste management facilities across America will open plants too.