Green light for Welsh sewage-to-hydrogen fuel project

A project to convert human waste into a zero-emission fuel has been awarded £60,000 from Innovate UK, part of the UK Government’s Research and Innovation organisation.

The ‘Make Your Poo Work For You’ project, a collaboration between Welsh Water, Cardiff Council, and local authorities and technology company Costain, will see biogas from sewage converted into hydrogen fuel, which will be used to power zero-emission vehicles.

The funding from Innovate UK will help the project to increase production of the green fuel for hydrogen vehicles at one of the company’s four biogas sites.

According to a report by Wales News Online, while the majority of the energy will be used to produce clean, green energy and improve air quality in South Wales, Welsh Water is hoping to use the technology to power its entire fleet of vehicles, saving approximately 9,000 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.

Welsh Water’s director for environment, Tony Harrington, said: “This sewage-to-hydrogen fuel project is at the forefront of the innovation we need to pursue to meet these ambitious targets – and the funding from Innovate UK will help us on the way to decarbonising our fleet of tankers.”

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