Environment How your drinks will soon be powering your home

How your drinks will soon be powering your home

It’s a breakthrough we should all raise a glass to.

Fizzy drinks could soon be fuelling your energy needs, thanks to an incredible research collaboration between the University of Wollongong and Sydney Water.

The project will see food waste blended with sewerage and converted into methane gas — a renewable energy source.

Biogases, like methane, help generate more power, as well as divert waste from landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower water bills.

The first stage of the project will use waste water from the production of wine, beer and soft drink and turn it into energy.

The project, based at Shellharbour near Wollongong, will allow researchers to test a range of food waste in a variety of mixtures to maximise energy production.

Professor Long Nghiem, from UOW’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences said wastewater treatment plants are the bio-generators of the future.

“There is a great deal of interest worldwide in harnessing the ability to recover energy and nutrients from waste water, which could turn treatment plants into bio-refineries,” Professor Nghiem said.

He said that energy conservation and resource recovery is one of the most challenging issues in expanding cities.

“This method is one way we hope to make a positive contribution to reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions,” Professor Nghiem said.

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