Ryan Takeo
March 11, 2014

A Stanford engineer has developed a way for sewage treatment plants to power themselves by taking the waste out of wastewater and turning it into energy.

“We’re converting the ammonia in the wastewater to nitrous oxide gas,” said Yaniv Scherson, the Stanford researcher who created the process.

Nitrogen is found in ammonia, which naturally occurs in urine, and when it is released back into the water stream it can kill ecosystems.

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