Is Your Car a Piece of Crap? Fight Back with a Poop-Powered Ride
Ironically, a piece of crap may soon power your car.
Well, kinda sorta.
Time was, human piss and poop (the name of my '80s band, incidentally) was cleaned up just enough to simply be washed out to sea, where it would never ever never bother us again.
Then the kids went crazy over recycling, and human excrement became viewed not as waste but source. What leaves skid marks in your underwear is now transformed into nutrient-rich fertilizer and soil conditioner. At the center of this very county, waste water treated until it's hyper-clean is injected into natural underground aquifers so that it may eventually be redrawn as drinking water.
The Hydrogen Energy Station is really recycling the recycling--that is, using byproducts from the sanitation process to create energy. That's novel, but it's also being done elsewhere. What makes OCSD's project unique is the application of the technology to refuel fuel cells.
FuelCell Energy of Danbury, CT, and Air Products and Chemicals, which is based in Allentown, PA, have nurtured the Hydrogen Energy Station project for eight years, according to Samuelsen. Those companies, OCSD and the National Fuel Cell Research Center make up the joint venture with the U.S. Department of Energy, the state Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Samuelsen claims the endeavor will produce enough hydrogen to support a public fueling station at the Euclid Avenue exit off the 405 freeway in Fountain Valley, where refueling of hydrogen fuel cell cars is scheduled to begin commercially as early as 2014.
But don't feel the need to hold it until then.