24 Nov '16, 9am

Kenyan Startup Uses the Sun to Turn Human Waste into Cooking Fuel

In August 2015—after a couple of years of testing—a company in Kenya began commercially treating human poop with the sun’s heat to create an environmentally friendly fuel source. This week, Sanivation plans to turn on a new continuous-flow system that will help it scale up to support many more customers than it could previously. “We can treat thousands and multi-thousands of peoples’ shit continuously,” says Sanivation CTO Emily Woods. In developing countries, the International Energy Agency estimates that about 2.5 billion people cook with biomass: charcoal from forests, agricultural waste, animal dung, and other sources. In Kenya, charcoal provides about 82 percent of the energy in urban households and 34 percent of the energy in rural households, according to the Kenya Forest Service . Yet its use is leading to major deforestation —2013 research found that the demand fo...

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