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Turning sewage into electricity


Turning sewage into electricity

Work has begun on a plant that will generate enough electricity to power around two thousand homes, from human waste.

Northumbrian Water's anerobic digesters at Teesport, near Middlesbrough, will use bacteria to break down waste into fertiliser and methane gas.

The methane will be used to fuel a power station on site.

The plant treats 300,000 cubic metres of waste a day, equivalent to that produced by three million adults.

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