Green energy: Orlando produces green energy from sewage – OrlandoSentinel.com

Posted by Trish Riley, May 10, 2011

Orlando officials think they’ve perfected a technology that has flummoxed scientists for decades — one they hope will be used worldwide to turn sewage into electricity and earn the city tens of millions of dollars in royalties.If city officials and their private-industry partners are right, it could be the biggest thing in sewage treatment since the flush toilet. “We call it poop to power in five minutes,” said project consultant Roy Pelletier.While the five-year, $8.5 million project has drawn little attention locally, a small, experimental test plant off busy Alafaya Trail near the University of Central Florida has drawn visitors from Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Europe and elsewhere in recent weeks.

They have traveled here because they’ve heard there may be an answer to an intriguing question that has dogged scientists for years: What if you could take sewage and get rid of it cleanly and quickly, without dumping it in rivers or landfills — and generate pollution-free electricity at the same time?

“The technology has the potential to revolutionize how wastewater is processed — the destruction of all organics, the generation of electricity, a completely green footprint,” said Don Morgan, CEO of SuperWater Solutions, a Wellington company working with Orlando.

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