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University of Kansas researchers harvest fuel from sewage

"University of Kansas researchers are working to turn microbes from treated sewage into a commercially viable biofuel, fluid that one day could be used to power the nation's cars, trucks, airplanes and other modes of transportation.

But for now, the future grows in four farm tanks at Lawrence's Wastewater Treatment Plant, and inside another four at a research station northeast of the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

The project takes advantage of millions of algae cells fattened up with treated waste from the city's sewer system, then harvested after absorbing organic pollutants and yielding oil for transformation into clean-burning biodiesel."
 
 

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