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Zoo Poo Power!

How a UK zoo is generating power using a very unusual fuel...

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, United Kingdom, is creating renewable energy onsite using something they have a lot of… animal poo!

In a first-of-its-kind, pioneering project, poo from endangered species such as Grevy’s zebra, Scimitar-horned oryx, and African wild ass will be utilised in biomass technology to power their site, including their tropical house, ‘Energy for Life.’

Poo is collected from animal enclosures daily, dried and pressed, and fed into a boiler producing hot water to flow in a thermal store, which subsequently heats the zoo’s tropical house.

Marwell has reduced their carbon footprint by 77% since 2008, and this project will save the equivalent of 220 tonnes of CO2.

Posted by Claire Edwards 11 November 2021

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