Human waste could soon be used to heat new homes in London


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New homes in London could soon be powered using excess heat recovered from sewage treatment in a project described as a “first of its kind” for England.

The collaboration between Thames Water and Kingston Council, toward the southwest of the U.K. capital, would see the heat captured and then funneled through a sealed network of pipes to the district heating system of a new housing estate in the area.

If all goes to plan, as much as 7 gigawatt hours of heat could be supplied, helping to power over 2,000 homes at the Cambridge Road Estate. 

According to an announcement from Thames Water on Friday, the network could eventually be expanded to supply…


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