Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
By Erik Hyrkas, former EERE Communications team member
Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources like human waste? In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office works with national laboratories to research the development of biofuels and biocrude from various sources.
This Q&A with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers,Corinne Drennan and Greg Kunkel, explores how scientists are developing technology to support refining human waste into biofuels and biocrude using methods such as hydrothermal liquefaction and what that means for the future.
- What is the potential of developing biofuels and biocrude from human waste and how efficient is the process to create it?
- What applications can you see for the future of this technology? Could we see more of these wastewater treatment plants popping up all over
- What are the general uses of biocrude?
- How does HTL work?
- What’s the general perception of turning human waste into fuel in the research community and/or public?
- What makes this use of hydrothermal liquefaction so innovative?
- What trends do we see for the future of developing biofuels from waste?
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