Will your next car run on POOP? UCLA reveals 'high protein' fuel system that uses human waste
While experts are developing 'greener' alternative fuel sources, a group of undergrads are creating a more natural one.
The team is working towards producing a biofuel that uses human and animal excretion, with the hopes of replacing harmful gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that dominate the market.
By engineering Bacillus subtilis, researchers are able to break down proteins and transform the left over material into alcohol biofuels and ammonia.
The US produces over 1 billion tons of animal and human waste every year, which does nothing but sit in an aerobically compost giving off harmful emissions.
David Wernick, a PhD candidate who graduated from the University of California, and his colleagues 'were struck by all the waste that is literally going to waste' and realized the material may have potential as a renewable fuel source, reports the University of California.