Our research to date has shown that there are few inhibitors to using dog waste as a source of biomass to produce clean energy. In fact, for the purpose of proper disposal it can, and should be used for methane and biofertilizer production. This is in pursuance of the waste heirarchy, and meets our obligations to reduce biodegradable waste being sent to landfill, enabling a sustainable approach to better waste management practices. However, as with all fecal matter there are some nasty bacteria that can potentially impact human health, and we want to develop better solutions to help reduce problems associated with these pathogens.
So we have engaged in a research project with the Sustainable Environmental Research Centre(SERC) at South Wales University home of the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion. SERC is a groundbreaking research centre bringing together leaders from biology, engineering, chemistry, and physics united in a single academic team combining their resources and skills in order to meet the environmental challenges of the new millennium. Anaerobic Digestion research had been conducted at the University since the mid 1970`s. Over these years research has been directed at improving the fundamental understanding of this complex mixed culture microbial process, which delivers two main benefits to society: stabilizing waste and producing clean sustainable energy.
We are looking for between 6 to 8 friendly dogs to simply give us their poop, tell us their age, diet and when the sample "arrived" - and perhaps do a little bit of PR work with us during the 4 month project! Don't worry you wont have to send it to us through the post - we have safe and hygienic collection pots. We would prefer the dogs to live in the North Wales / North West England area so we can arrange easy collection of the donated waste samples.
We will be doing regular updates on the progress of the research project and you can keep up to date with the progress of the poop...and be able to find out just how much energy your dog creates.
If you would like to help us out with this project, please complete our contact form.